August 03, 2020

Jon Rahm loses No. 1 ranking after just two weeks, but guarantees he won't have the shortest career stint in top spot


Michael Reaves

Jon Rahm's reign as World No. 1 came to an end after two weeks following Justin Thomas winning the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Sunday. At least, for now.

At 25, there's obviously a pretty good chance Rahm will retake golf's top spot at some point. Of course, at 27, there's also a pretty good chance Thomas won't be going anywhere for awhile, either.

What we do know for certain, though, is that Rahm already guaranteed he won't have the shortest reign since the Official World Golf Ranking's inception in 1986. While there have been many one-week stints at the top, only one golfer ever finished his career with just one week at No. 1.

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That honor goes to Tom Lehman, who was No. 1 from April 20, 1997 to April 26, 1997, before Greg Norman took it back. The Shark wound up being top dog for a total of 331 weeks, which is second to Tiger Woods' astonishing total of 683 weeks in the top spot.

Sadly, for Lehman, his time at the top has become a bit of a running joke. Although, obviously, just getting there is an incredible accomplishment. Just ask Phil Mickelson.