Spieth reaches 'life-long goal' of being world No. 1

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SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Jordan Spieth handled defeat admirably Sunday at the PGA Championship.

“This is, by far, the best loss I’ve ever had,” Spieth said after finishing runner-up to Jason Day.

There is solace in being crowned world No. 1 for the first time in your career.

With his solo second-place showing, and Rory McIlroy finishing in 17th position, Spieth was able to claim the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.

“I accomplished one of my life-long goals and in the sport of golf,” Spieth said. “That will never be taken away from me now. I'll always be a No. 1 player in the world.”

According to Golf Channel research, Spieth will have a 0.22 lead over McIlroy in the OWGR. Neither player in competing in the upcoming Wyndham Championship, and Spieth is projected to remain No. 1 by 0.05 points.

McIlroy finished his final round well before Spieth. After it became official that Spieth, who has four wins on the PGA Tour this season, including two majors titles, would surpass him, McIlroy tweeted congratulations:

Spieth, 22, becomes the second youngest man to reach world No. 1. Tiger Woods did it for the first time at 21.

And evident by his continued contention in majors after winning the Masters, Spieth isn’t one to rest on his laurels.

“I realize that although we have just reached that goal of being No. 1 in the world,” he said, “with the way these guys are playing and the way you see it being played on the biggest stage, it's going to be really, really hard to keep that position.”