Madrid, Aug 10 (EFE) .- The Biscayan Jon Rahm, the second Spanish golfer in history to reach number one in the world, has regained primacy after qualifying thirteenth in the PGA Championship of the United States, relegating to second place in the list to American Justin Thomas.
A week after giving Thomas the leadership he had acquired two weeks earlier, Rahm has recovered it to continue making history on the path of the legendary Severiano Ballesteros, the only Spanish number one before the Basque.
Rahm now leads the list with an average of 8.78, followed by Justin Thomas (8.77) and Irishman Rory McIlroy, who completes the podium with 8.16.
American PGA Championship winner Colin Morikawa climbs seven places in the rankings to fifth with an average score of 7.51.
An emana earlier, Rahm had debuted and lost his top rank at the Memphis tournament, in which he finished 52nd with 281 total strokes, one over par.
On July 19, Rahm won the PGA Tour Memorial tournament and took the lead in the world rankings at the age of 25. He snatched the first place from Rory McIlroy, who had spent 106 weeks as world number 1, the third best mark in history, only surpassed by the American Tiger Woods (683) and the Australian Greg Norman (331).
Ballesteros had made history on April 27, 1986 when he became the first Spaniard to reach number one. He held the position for five months in a row, then regained it four more times to complete 61 weeks as number one, the sixth best mark of all time.
– Current golf ranking
.1. Jon Rahm (ESP) 8.78
.2. Justin Thomas (USA) 8.77
.3. Rory McIlroy (NIR) 8.16
.4. Dustin Johnson (USA) 7.75
.5. Collin Morikawa (USA) 7.51
.6. Webb Simpson (USA) 6.83
.7. Brooks Koepka (USA) 6.48
.8. Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 6.29
.9. Patrick Reed (USA) 5.97
10. Adam Scott (AUS) 5.61
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