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How DJ can pass Koepka, reach world No. 1 at U.S. Open

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Only Dustin Johnson has a chance to move to world No. 1 this week at the U.S. Open.

There are 12 scenarios in which Johnson can pass No. 1 Brooks Koepka, including the most simple: A win.

The other scenarios for Johnson:

  • Solo 2nd provided Koepka doesn’t win
  • Solo 3rd and Koepka finishes worse than two-way T-4
  • Solo 4th and Koepka finishes worse than three-way T-7
  • Solo 5th and Koepka finishes worse than solo 13th
  • Solo 6th and Koepka finishes worse than two-way T-19
  • Solo 7th and Koepka finishes worse than two-way T-25
  • Solo 8th and Koepka finishes worse than solo 40th
  • Solo 9th and Koepka finishes worse than solo 49th
  • Solo 10th and Koepka finishes worse than two-way T-58
  • Solo 11th and Koepka misses the cut

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In any event, Johnson needs at least a two-way tie for 11th (or a four-way T-10 or better) to have a chance to pass Koepka.  

As for the other players, Tiger Woods, now ranked fifth, would rise to No. 3 in the world with a victory this week at Pebble Beach.

To pass Justin Rose, Woods needs at least a two-way T-3 or better (depending on Rose’s finish), and to leapfrog Rory McIlroy, Woods needs at least a three-way T-2 or better.