Now he's one of them.
Johnson tamed a tough Augusta National and shot a 3-under 69 Sunday for his first major championship and only his second win on the PGA TOUR, moving up 41 places to No. 15 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.
He was the first player ranked outside the world top 50 to win the Masters since the world rankings began 21 years ago.
Among the players Johnson beat out Sunday was Tiger Woods, who tied for second place and, of course, retained his position at the No. 1 ranked golfer.
Woods was followed again by Jim Furyk, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Henrik Stenson and Vijay Singh in positions 2-7. Retief Goosen also tied for second place and moved up one place to No. 8, bumping Geoff Ogilvy from his position last week.
Ogilvy dropped to ninth, while Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald remained 10th and 11th respectively.
Trevor Immelman and Paul Casey parlayed nice showings at Augusta into one-spot bumps in the rankings to 12th and 13th respectively, knocking Sergio Garcia two places to 14th.
Johnson was followed by Charles Howell III and Nick O'Hern, who both lost one spot to dip to 16th and 17th. Stuart Appleby and David Toms were up one place apiece to 18th and 19th, while Robert Allenby and David Love III both lost three spots to drop to 20th and 21st this week.