After finishing off The Barclays with a two-shot victory over Matt Kuchar, it was reported that Dustin Johnson told his caddie Joe LaCava that it was “about time” for a win. That win brought Johnson into the top-five in the Official World Golf Ranking.
In the latest ranking released Monday, Johnson moved up to fourth, which is a career-best for him. Johnson is the first since Tiger Woods to win in each of his first four seasons on the PGA Tour, so his ranking might seem appropriate given the company in which Johnson now finds himself.
Johnson moving up bumped Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy down a spot into fifth and sixth, respectively. Phil Mickelson dropped three spots from sixth to ninth and has Mickelson on the verge of being out of the world top-10 for the first time since 2004.
Kuchar moved up from 12th to seventh despite coming up shy of defending his title from a year ago. Meanwhile, Luke Donald remains No. 1 with a slightly larger margin over Lee Westwood than the week prior.
Thomas Bjorn moved up to 59th in the world ranking with his five-hole, sudden death playoff win at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
And, of course, Tiger Woods continues his slow decline down the ladder. He dropped two spots from 36th to 38th in his first week off from the playoffs.