PONTE VEDRA, Fla. — The rod has been upheld — despite grudgingly — from Player A to Player B to Player C to Player D for a final three-plus years.
Getting to No. 1 in a universe rankings — and, some-more to a point, staying there — is an fugitive task.
Player A is Rory McIlroy, whose run in 2014, that enclosed dual vital championship victories, towering him to No. 1 for a second time in his career.
Player B is Jordan Spieth, who wrested divided McIlroy’s No. 1 ranking in 2015 with 5 wins, including a Masters and a Tour Championship.
Player C is Jason Day, who won 8 times between 2015 and 2016, took over No. 1 and hold it for 51 weeks.
Enter Player D, Dustin Johnson, who has 6 wins given final year, including a 2016 U.S. Open and is a stream No. 1 in a universe with a rather vast lead on a pack.
Johnson, in fact, enters this week’s Players Championship during TPC Sawgrass carrying won 3 of his final 4 starts with a usually non-win a runner-up during final week’s Wells Fargo.
All 4 players, a cream of a stand among this week’s margin that includes 48 of a tip 50 players in a world, will strife this week. McIlroy, Spieth and Day all wish behind what they once had and what Johnson now owns: that No. 1 ranking.
“I would do anything in a universe to get behind there,’’ Day pronounced Tuesday. “There’s no improved feeling than being a best. But we consider that we would hoop things a small bit differently if we got behind there.’’
Day was vehement about how “burnt out’’ he got once he reached a top.
“For a impulse there after we mislaid my No. 1 universe ranking, we kind of mislaid a enterprise to kind of be there, and we consider it was only since we was mentally burnt out from all that had left on,’’ Day said.
“I always have always felt like removing to a tip of a towering is easier than staying there,’’ McIlroy said. “I consider it takes only as most tough work to stay there as it does to get all a approach up.’’
Spieth pronounced he gifted a same things Day and McIlroy did.
“When we get to where you’ve reached that ultimate goal, where you’ve had something that you’re pulling yourself towards and afterwards we get there, how do we reset it?’’ he said. “How do we set a new separator to mangle through? That’s formidable to do.
“It was such an overwhelming feeling vital as that [No. 1]. And we still used only as hard, we still worked as hard, though when we get on a march and we have kind of that a aim is now shifted to your back, and it’s how do we take that aim from your behind and put it on something else, and so we still have something to chase.’’
Adam Scott, increased by his 2013 Masters win, was No. 1 in 2014 before McIlroy took it from him.
“I only suspicion we would suffer it,’’ Scott said. “I unequivocally enjoyed going to a golf march each day as a best actor in a world, and we didn’t know how prolonged that would last. It didn’t final that prolonged unfortunately, [but] not by my bad play, though some-more Rory’s unusual play. [McIlroy’s] 3 wins, dual majors, and a World Golf Championship is going to finish anyone’s run.
“I don’t consider we can contend we would have finished anything different. For me it was such a long, prolonged tour to get there, we only kind of savored a moment. we only wanted to suffer it, because, it was off my radar for so long. My dreams were kind of crushed, my childhood dreams, since Tiger [Woods] was distant and above anyone else’s capabilities for a prolonged time.’’
All of these ultra-talented players shuffling in an out of No. 1 puts a spotlight on a complete prevalence of Woods, who hold a No. 1 mark for dual five-year reigns.
“Yeah, we have been flitting a baton, we guess, for a final small while,’’ McIlroy said.
“I was indeed meditative about this a other day: What kept Tiger Woods going for over 13 years of being No. 1? What kept Greg Norman going? What kept Sir Nick Faldo going? What kept all these guys, these champions, during such a high level, going?’’ Day said. “I consider partial of it is since they’re essay for greatness. It apparently fuels a ego as well, that is understandable. Being a best comes with some ego.’’