AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas each have an opportunity to overtake Dustin Johnson and return to No. 1 in the world ranking this week at the Masters.
To rise to No. 1, Rahm, who opened with a 3-under 69, can win the Masters, and he also has a chance to grab the top spot with no worse than a solo fifth finish, depending on how Johnson plays.
Thomas, meanwhile, must win while Rahm finishes worse than a two-way tie for second and Johnson places worse than a two-way tie for fifth.
Thomas (5 under through 10) and Johnson (3 under through 9) were finishing up their first rounds on Friday morning.
Johnson has been No. 1 since his blowout victory at The Northern Trust in August.