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The Official World Golf Ranking is a system for rating the performance level of male professional golfers (although there is no rule prohibiting women from being ranked). It was introduced in 1986 and is endorsed by the four major championships and six major professional tours, five of which are charter members of the International Federation of PGA Tours:

Points are also awarded for high finishes on other tours:


The initiative for the creation of the Official World Golf Ranking came from the Championship Committee of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, which found in the 1980s that its system of issuing invitations to The Open Championship on a tour by tour basis was omitting an increasing number of top players because more of them were dividing their time between tours, and from preeminent sports agent Mark McCormack, who was the first chairman of the International Advisory Committee which oversees the rankings. The system used to calculate the rankings was developed from McCormack's World Golf Rankings, which were published in his World of Professional Golf Annual from 1968 to 1985, although these were purely unofficial and not used for any wider purpose (such as inviting players to major tournaments).

The first ranking list was published prior to the 1986 Masters Tournament. The top six ranked golfers were: Bernhard Langer, Seve Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle, Tom Watson, Mark O'Meara and Greg Norman. Thus the top three were all European, but there were 31 Americans in the top 50 (compared with 17 at the end of 2010).

The method of calculation of the rankings has changed considerably over the years. Initially, the rankings were calculated over a three-year period, with the current year's points multiplied by four, the previous year's points by two and the third year's points by one. Rankings were based on the total points and points awarded were restricted to integer values. All tournaments recognised by the world's professional tours, and some leading invitational events, were graded into categories ranging from major championship (whose winners would receive 50 points) to "other tournaments" (whose winners would receive a minimum of 8). In all events, other finishers received points on a diminishing scale that began with runners-up receiving 60% of the winners' points, and the number of players in the field receiving points would be the same as the points awarded to the winner. In a major, for example, all players finishing 30th to 40th would receive 2 points, and all players finishing 50th or higher, 1 point.

Beginning in April 1989, the rankings were changed to be based on the average points per event played instead of simply total points earned, subject to a minimum divisor of 60 (20 events per year). This was in order to more accurately reflect the status of some (particularly older) players, who played in far fewer events than their younger contemporaries but demonstrated in major championships that their ranking was artificially low. Tom Watson, for example, finished in the top 15 of eight major championships between 1987 and 1989, yet had a "total points" ranking of just 40th; his ranking became a more realistic 20th when based on "average points". A new system for determining the "weight" of each tournament was also introduced, based on the strength of the tournament's field in terms of their pre-tournament world rankings. Major championships were guaranteed to remain at 50 points for the winners, and all other events could attain a maximum of 40 points for the winner if all of the world's top 100 were present. In practice most PGA Tour events awarded around 25 points to the winner, European Tour events around 18 and JPGA Tour events around 12.

In 1996, the three-year period was reduced to two years, with the current year now counting double. Points were extended to more of the field, beginning in 2000, and were no longer restricted to integer values. Beginning in September 2001, the tapering system was changed so that instead of the points for each result being doubled if they occurred in the most recent 12 months, one eighth of the initial "multiplied up" value was deducted every 13 weeks. This change effectively meant that players could now be more simply described as being awarded 100 points (not 50) for winning a major. Beginning in 2007, the system holds the points from each event at full value for 13 weeks and then reduces them in equal weekly increments over the remainder of the two-year period.

At first only the Championship Committee of the Royal and Ancient used the rankings for official purposes, but the PGA Tour recognized them in 1990, and in 1997 all five of the then principal men's golf tours did so. The rankings, which had previously been called the Sony Rankings, were renamed the Official World Golf Rankings at that time. They are run from offices in Virginia Water in Surrey, England.

Calculation of the rankings[edit]


Simply put, a golfer's World Ranking is obtained by dividing their points total by the number of events they have played, which gives their average. Players are then ranked; a higher average yields a higher rank.

Event ranking[edit]

The first stage in the calculation is the ranking of each event. For most events the ranking depends on the current world rankings of the participating golfers and the participation of the leading golfers from the "home tour".

A "world rating value" is calculated. Any golfer currently ranked in the world top 200 is given a rating value. The world number 1 is allocated 45, the number 2 is allocated 37, the number 3 is allocated 32, down to those ranked between 101 and 200 who are allocated a rating value of 1 each. The maximum possible world rating value is 925 but this would only happen if all the top 200 golfers were playing.

A "home tour rating value" is calculated. The leading 30 golfers from the previous year's "home tour" are given rating values. Most tours use earnings lists for their top 30, but the PGA Tour currently uses the FedEx points list calculated after the playoffs. Major championships and WGC events use the current world top 30 list. The home tour number 1 is allocated 8 down to those from 16 to 30 who are allocated a rating value of 1 each. The maximum home tour rating value is 75 if all the top 30 players from the home tour are competing. The total home tour rating value is limited to 75% of the world rating value.

The world rating value and home tour rating value are added together to given a total rating value. This is then converted into an event ranking using a table. As examples, a total rating value of 10 converts to an event ranking of 8, a total rating value of 100 converts to an event ranking of 24, while a total rating value of 500 converts to an event ranking of 62.

Major championships have a fixed event ranking of 100 points. For each tour, there is a minimum ranking for each event. In addition, most tours have a "flagship event" that is guaranteed a higher ranking.

Flagship eventMinimum
PGA Tour24The Players Championship80
European Tour24BMW PGA Championship64
Japan Golf Tour16Japan Open32
PGA Tour of Australasia16 (6)Australian Open32
Sunshine Tour14 (6/4)South African Open32
Asian Tour14Thailand Golf Championship[4]20 Tour Championship20
Challenge Tour12Challenge Tour Grand Final17
PGA Tour Canada6n/an/a
OneAsia Tour6n/an/a
PGA Tour Latinoamérica6n/an/a
Korean Tour6n/an/a
Asian Development Tour6n/an/a
PGA Tour China6n/an/a

Starting in 2012, several events that previously had not received any points, will now do so: Sunshine Tour "Winter Series" – 6 points (72-hole events), 4 points (54-hole events), PGA Tour of Australasia "State Based and Regional Tournaments" – 6 points.[5]

Tournaments which are reduced to 54 holes by inclement weather or other factors retain full points, but if a tournament is reduced to 36 holes, its points allocation is reduced by 25%.

The events with the highest "Total Rating" in 2013 are shown in the following table.[6]

rating value
Home tour
rating value
rating value
Aug 11PGA Championship84174915100156Jason Dufner21
Jul 21The Open Championship80672878100156Phil Mickelson5
Jun 16U.S. Open76375838100156Justin Rose5
May 12The Players Championship7497582480145Tiger Woods1
Apr 14Masters Tournament7167579110093Adam Scott7
Aug 4WGC-Bridgestone Invitational69771768[7]7673Tiger Woods1
Mar 10WGC-Cadillac Championship692707627465Tiger Woods2
Feb 24WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship694677617464Matt Kuchar23
Sep 1Deutsche Bank Championship6836875174100Henrik Stenson10
Aug 25The Barclays6766774374123Adam Scott4
Sep 15BMW Championship625666917270Zach Johnson24
Jun 2The Memorial Tournament5706163170120Matt Kuchar9
Nov 3WGC-HSBC Champions530445746678Dustin Johnson23
Mar 24Arnold Palmer Invitational5135556866132Tiger Woods2
Sep 22The Tour Championship435484836030Henrik Stenson6
Feb 17Northern Trust Open4273946660144John Merrick241
Mar 3The Honda Classic3993543456144Michael Thompson114
Mar 31Shell Houston Open3733640956144D. A. Points195
May 26BMW PGA Championship3406340364150Matteo Manassero57

Rank refers to the player's world ranking before the event.

A further nine tournaments had an event ranking from 50 to 54. Five of these were PGA Tour events, while four were European Tour events.

Based on the Total Rating, The Players Championship would have had an event ranking of 78, while the BMW PGA Championship would have had an event ranking of 54.

Player rankings[edit]

Having calculated the ranking of the event, the ranking points of the players for that event can be calculated. The winner's ranking points are the same as the ranking of the event, so that major winners get 100 ranking points. The second place golfer gets 60% of this amount, 40% for 3rd, 30% for 4th, 24% for 5th, down to 14% for 10th, 7% for 20th, 3.5% for 40th to 1.5% for 60th. Players tied for a position share the points for those positions so that if, for example, two players tie for second place they would each receive 50%, the average of 60% and 40%.

A player's ranking points for an event must be at least 1.2. Players who would get less than this using the above formula get no ranking points. For example if an event has a ranking of 10 only the leading 12 players (and ties) receive any ranking points since the player in 12th place gets 12% of the event ranking (i.e. 1.2). The player in 13th position gets no points. The only exceptions to this system are in the major championships where all players who make the cut get a minimum of 1.5 ranking points.

Adjusted rankings[edit]

For the first 13 weeks after an event the player receives the full ranking points earned in that event. However from then onwards they are reduced in equal weekly increments over the remainder of a two-year period. This gives priority to recent form. Each week the ranking points are reduced by a factor of 1/92 (approximately 1.09%) so that in week 14 only 98.91% of the ranking points are credited, continuing until week 104 when only 1.09% is credited. From week 105 the ranking points are completely lost.

Ranking average[edit]

The player's adjusted points for all events in the two-year period are then added together, and this total is divided by the number of events to give the average ranking. However, players are subject to both a minimum and maximum number of events over the two-year period.

If a player competes in fewer than 40 tournaments over the two-year period his adjusted points total is divided by 40 and not the actual number of events he has played in.

In 2010, a maximum number of tournaments was also introduced. The maximum number was initially set to 60 from January 2010 and was reduced by 2 every six months until it reached 52 in January 2012. This means that since 2012 only the player's 52 most recent tournaments (within the two-year period) are used to calculate his ranking average.[8]

The resulting averages for all players are put into descending order to produce the ranking table. This means that the player who has obtained most cumulative success does not necessarily come top of the rankings: it is average performance levels that are important, and some golfers play substantially more tournaments than others. New rankings are released every Monday.

Importance of the rankings[edit]

A professional golfer's ranking is of considerable significance to his career. Currently a ranking in the World Top 50 grants automatic entry to all the majors and World Golf Championships; see table below. In addition, rankings are the sole criterion for selection for the International Team in the Presidents Cup, while ranking points are one of the qualification criteria for the European Ryder Cup team. The rankings are also used to help select the field for various other tournaments.

TournamentAutomatic entries
The MastersTop 50
U.S. OpenTop 60[9]
The Open ChampionshipTop 50
PGA Championship(Top 100)see note
WGC-Accenture Match Play ChampionshipTop 64 (sole criterion)
WGC-Cadillac ChampionshipTop 50
WGC-Bridgestone InvitationalTop 50
WGC-HSBC ChampionsTop 50

Note: The PGA Championship does not have an official automatic entry based on the Official World Golf Ranking but has invited those in the top 100 for the last several years. It makes note of its strong field by referencing the number of top 100 ranked golfers entered in its press releases.[10][11][12]

Current rankings[edit]

These are the top 10 ranked golfers and their average ranking points as of November 9, 2014.[13]

RankChangePlayerCountryPointsTop 10 sinceWeeks
1SteadyMcIlroy, RoryRory McIlroy Northern Ireland11.54May 11, 201427
2SteadyScott, AdamAdam Scott Australia8.26July 22, 2012121
3Increase4Watson, BubbaBubba Watson United States7.94April 13, 201431
4Decrease1García, SergioSergio García Spain7.24January 26, 201442
5Decrease1Furyk, JimJim Furyk United States7.22July 20, 201417
6Decrease1Stenson, HenrikHenrik Stenson Sweden7.09August 11, 201366
7Decrease1Rose, JustinJustin Rose England6.76April 27, 201429
8SteadyDay, JasonJason Day Australia6.36February 23, 201438
9Increase1Fowler, RickieRickie Fowler United States5.85August 10, 20149
10Decrease1Kuchar, MattMatt Kuchar United States5.78April 6, 201432

Top 10 since – indicates the date at which the player entered or last re-entered the top 10.
Weeks – current number of consecutive weeks in the top 10.

Since the major revision of the rating method in September 2001, the highest points average as well as the largest lead in points average were set by Tiger Woods on September 16, 2007. After winning the BMW Championship and The Tour Championship in consecutive weeks, he had an average of 24.36 and a lead of 14.73 points over Phil Mickelson.[14]

Tiger Woods holds the record for most weeks in the World Top 10, with 860. He is followed by Ernie Els (788 weeks) and Phil Mickelson (774 weeks). Woods had a record run of 736 consecutive weeks in the top-10 from April 13, 1997 to May 15, 2011 and then had a further run of 124 consecutive weeks in the top-10 from March 25, 2012 to August 3, 2014.[15][16][17]

Timeline of the "number one" ranking[edit]

On a few occasions the ranking system has caused discussion about whether it has produced the "right" World Number One. This usually occurs when the number-one-ranked player has not won a major championship during the ranking period, while a rival has won more than one—notably at the end of 1990, when Nick Faldo remained ranked just behind Greg Norman despite winning three majors in two years (and more world ranking points in total than his rival, albeit having entered more events). On that occasion, as detailed in Mark McCormack's "World of Professional Golf 1991" annual, it was also the case (but less immediately apparent) that Norman had won a total of 14 events during the ranking period to Faldo's 10, and when the two had competed in the same tournament, had finished ahead of his rival 19 times to 11, so Norman's number-one position (on the new "average points" system) had some justification.

In April 1991, a quirk in the way the rankings treated results from previous years meant that Ian Woosnam, who had never won a major, took the number-one spot from Faldo on the eve of the latter's attempt to win the Masters for a third year in succession; as if justifying the ranking system, Woosnam—and not Faldo—won the tournament. Twelve months later, Fred Couples similarly took over the number-one ranking shortly before the 1992 Masters, then also went on to make that tournament his first major victory.

At the end of 1996 and 1997, Greg Norman had regained the top spot and remained narrowly ahead of first Tom Lehman, and then Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, in the rankings, despite his rivals enjoying major victories in those years while he won none. In 1996, Colin Montgomerie actually led the rankings in total points earned over the two-year period (but not on average points per event), and in 1997 Els was top of a similar "total points" list. To 2013, these are the last occasions on which the official year-end number one on average points has not also led on total points. In 1998, Woods himself finished the year ranked number one, after a season in which Mark O'Meara won two major titles while Woods won just once on the PGA Tour. In March 1999, David Duval briefly became world number one after winning The Players Championship, his sixth victory in a twelve-month period that came before his first major victory (which would follow two years later at the Open Championship).

In 2000, Tiger Woods had an unprecedented season of success that saw him earn 948 world ranking points in a single calendar year, so many points that even had his 1999 points (which represented the previous single-season record) been totally discounted from the calculation, Woods would still have had a points average easily high enough to lead the rankings - and Woods would still have led at the end of 2001 even had he earned no further points that year. Tiger Woods dominated the number-one spot for the following five years, but when Vijay Singh won the PGA Championship in 2004 and with it took the number-one ranking, that change highlighted the fact that Woods had not won a major for over two years, and also the extraordinary success Singh had recently on tour had that had allowed him to overtake the American. Woods responded by winning the very next major, the 2005 Masters, and with it regained the number-one spot, which he would then retain for a further five years. Following knee surgery in the summer of 2008, Woods missed the entire second half of the year, while Pádraig Harrington won two major championships, to add to the Open Championship he won in 2007. Despite earning no further ranking points during his absence, Woods remained number one on the ranking system in December 2008.

During 2010, there was much debate as to whether Woods' continued retention of the number-one ranking (which he held up until the end of October) was justified given his relatively poor form—Woods finished fourth in two major championships in 2010, but failed to finish in the top ten of any other events he entered. During the 2010 season, several of his rivals for the number-one spot - including Masters champion Phil Mickelson (who had won four majors since 2004 but had yet to reach number one in the rankings), Lee Westwood (who had yet to win a major but had finished second in both the Masters and Open Championships in 2010), and then Martin Kaymer (who had won the PGA Championship among four worldwide wins)— each missed opportunities to win particular events that would have taken them above Woods, before Westwood finally became world number one on October 31.

During 2011, the possession of the number-one ranking would be the subject of much discussion among European golf commentators as it passed from Westwood to Kaymer, back to Westwood and then in May to Luke Donald. Donald became the first ever golfer to climb to number one before having won or finished runner-up in a major championship in his career, although he did replace Westwood as number one by defeating him in a playoff for the BMW PGA Championship, the first time it had changed hands in so dramatic a fashion. Donald's consistency through the rest of the 2011 season—becoming the first golfer ever to win the money title on both the European and PGA Tours in the same season—would keep him in the number-one position, despite not gaining his maiden major victory.

In March 2012, Donald lost the number-one position to Rory McIlroy; the pair then exchanged the number-one position a further four times in the following two months, so the volatility of the number-one ranking again became a source of comment. At the end of 2012, McIlroy had opened up a clear lead at the top of the rankings, following his second major victory at the PGA Championship and emulating Donald in leading the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic. However, by the end of March 2013, a resurgent Tiger Woods had returned to the top of the rankings, after adding three PGA Tour wins in 2013 to his three victories from 2012 while McIlroy struggled with his form following equipment changes. Woods then suffered a back injury that would sideline him for the early part of 2014, and in his absence, Adam Scott, winner of the 2013 Masters, became the 17th world number one on May 18, despite not winning an event in 2014 to that date; he would win the following week to cement his number one position. He held the number one position until August 3, when Rory McIlroy regained the top spot by following his Open Championship victory with another at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Breakdown by nationality[edit]

A breakdown of the year-end top-100 by nationality.

 United States4031373232313439414149474851565556585652495360585559
 South Africa76868976555433333325533223
 South Korea24442123231100000000000000
 Northern Ireland22332401221111111113322221
 New Zealand00001111213411122332111100
 Trinidad and Tobago00000000010000000000000000

A breakdown of the year-end top-100 by eligibility for the major team competitions: Ryder Cup (USA vs. Europe) and Presidents Cup (USA vs. non-European international team).

United States40313732323134394141494748515655565856524953605855595959

*Two men tied for 100th place.
Note: The Presidents Cup was founded in 1994.

Rankings archive[edit]

Year end world number 1 ranked golfers[edit]

Mark H. McCormack Award[edit]

Awarded to the player with the most weeks at number 1 during calendar year and named after Mark McCormack, originator of the ranking.

Year end world top 10 players[edit]

See History section above for notes on changes to method of calculation.

1Tiger Woods11.69
2Adam Scott9.60
3Henrik Stenson9.16
4Justin Rose7.16
5Phil Mickelson7.06
6Rory McIlroy6.50
7Matt Kuchar6.15
8Steve Stricker5.72
9Zach Johnson5.45
10Sergio García5.31
1Rory McIlroy13.22Luke Donald10.03Lee Westwood9.24
2Luke Donald8.62Lee Westwood8.06Tiger Woods7.88
3Tiger Woods8.53Rory McIlroy7.77Martin Kaymer7.26
4Justin Rose6.42Martin Kaymer6.55Phil Mickelson6.70
5Adam Scott6.21Adam Scott5.50Jim Furyk6.22
6Louis Oosthuizen6.14Steve Stricker5.33Graeme McDowell6.18
7Lee Westwood6.03Dustin Johnson5.27Steve Stricker6.11
8Bubba Watson5.29Jason Day5.07Paul Casey5.90
9Jason Dufner5.29Charl Schwartzel5.06Luke Donald5.65
10Brandt Snedeker5.23Webb Simpson5.03Rory McIlroy5.60
1Tiger Woods14.67Tiger Woods11.97Tiger Woods19.62
2Phil Mickelson8.26Sergio García8.10Phil Mickelson8.72
3Steve Stricker6.67Phil Mickelson7.03Jim Furyk6.55
4Lee Westwood6.60Pádraig Harrington6.95Ernie Els6.51
5Pádraig Harrington5.55Vijay Singh6.65Steve Stricker6.45
6Jim Furyk5.53Robert Karlsson5.09Justin Rose6.00
7Paul Casey5.36Camilo Villegas4.90Adam Scott5.81
8Henrik Stenson5.33Henrik Stenson4.77Pádraig Harrington5.57
9Rory McIlroy4.86Ernie Els4.77K. J. Choi5.15
10Kenny Perry4.72Lee Westwood4.73Vijay Singh5.08
1Tiger Woods20.41Tiger Woods17.16Vijay Singh12.79
2Jim Furyk8.88Vijay Singh9.78Tiger Woods11.60
3Phil Mickelson7.17Phil Mickelson8.14Ernie Els10.98
4Adam Scott7.03Retief Goosen8.10Retief Goosen7.47
5Ernie Els6.05Ernie Els8.03Phil Mickelson7.00
6Retief Goosen5.61Sergio García7.23Pádraig Harrington5.55
7Vijay Singh5.58Jim Furyk5.80Sergio García5.40
8Pádraig Harrington5.46Colin Montgomerie4.78Mike Weir5.40
9Luke Donald5.25Adam Scott4.68Davis Love III5.38
10Geoff Ogilvy5.21Chris DiMarco4.58Stewart Cink4.65
1Tiger Woods14.58Tiger Woods15.72Tiger Woods15.67
2Vijay Singh9.77Phil Mickelson7.72Phil Mickelson9.16
3Ernie Els8.41Ernie Els6.84David Duval7.98
4Davis Love III7.53Sergio García6.19Ernie Els6.99
5Jim Furyk6.81Retief Goosen6.16Davis Love III6.02
6Mike Weir6.54David Toms6.02Sergio García5.86
7Retief Goosen5.92Pádraig Harrington5.63David Toms5.83
8Pádraig Harrington5.28Vijay Singh5.53Vijay Singh5.60
9David Toms5.09Davis Love III4.82Darren Clarke5.03
10Kenny Perry5.08Colin Montgomerie4.39Retief Goosen4.95
1Tiger Woods29.40Tiger Woods19.98Tiger Woods12.30
2Ernie Els11.65David Duval13.15Mark O'Meara10.43
3David Duval11.20Colin Montgomerie10.36David Duval9.67
4Phil Mickelson11.07Davis Love III9.48Davis Love III9.43
5Lee Westwood9.46Ernie Els8.64Ernie Els9.18
6Colin Montgomerie8.34Lee Westwood7.85Nick Price8.98
7Davis Love III7.88Vijay Singh7.82Colin Montgomerie8.91
8Hal Sutton7.71Nick Price7.20Lee Westwood8.65
9Vijay Singh7.17Phil Mickelson6.58Vijay Singh8.51
10Tom Lehman7.10Mark O'Meara6.52Phil Mickelson7.76
Rank199719961995 [1]
1Greg Norman11.49Greg Norman10.78Greg Norman21.93
2Tiger Woods10.76Tom Lehman9.74Nick Price16.34
3Nick Price9.93Colin Montgomerie9.10Bernhard Langer15.64
4Ernie Els9.89Ernie Els8.60Ernie Els14.66
5Davis Love III9.09Fred Couples8.16Colin Montgomerie14.00
6Phil Mickelson8.73Nick Faldo7.98Nick Faldo13.94
7Colin Montgomerie8.58Phil Mickelson7.77Corey Pavin13.47
8Masashi Ozaki8.05Masashi Ozaki7.58Fred Couples11.02
9Tom Lehman8.02Davis Love III7.53Masashi Ozaki10.82
10Mark O'Meara7.98Mark O'Meara7.12Steve Elkington10.43
Rank1994 [2]1993 [3]1992 [4]
1Nick Price21.30Nick Faldo20.65Nick Faldo23.54
2Greg Norman20.68Greg Norman18.79Fred Couples16.27
3Nick Faldo16.78Bernhard Langer17.19Ian Woosnam13.14
4Bernhard Langer15.66Nick Price15.89José María Olazábal12.87
5José María Olazábal15.18Fred Couples14.93Greg Norman12.63
6Fred Couples13.74Paul Azinger14.59Bernhard Langer12.44
7Ernie Els13.57Ian Woosnam11.41John Cook11.68
8Colin Montgomerie12.38Tom Kite10.07Nick Price11.51
9Masashi Ozaki11.39Davis Love III9.61Paul Azinger10.83
10Corey Pavin10.87Corey Pavin9.59Davis Love III10.75
Rank1991 [5]1990 [6]1989 [7]
1Ian Woosnam17.11Greg Norman18.95Greg Norman17.76
2Nick Faldo15.34Nick Faldo18.54Nick Faldo16.25
3José María Olazábal15.32José María Olazábal17.22Seve Ballesteros15.03
4Seve Ballesteros13.70Ian Woosnam15.47Curtis Strange13.79
5Greg Norman13.11Payne Stewart12.75Payne Stewart12.82
6Fred Couples12.78Paul Azinger11.63Tom Kite12.41
7Bernhard Langer12.59Seve Ballesteros10.15José María Olazábal12.00
8Payne Stewart11.83Tom Kite10.10Mark Calcavecchia11.81
9Paul Azinger10.88Mark McNulty10.06Ian Woosnam11.56
10Rodger Davis8.90Mark Calcavecchia9.96Paul Azinger10.95
Rank1988 [8]1987 [9]1986 [10]
1Seve Ballesteros1458Greg Norman1231Greg Norman1507
2Greg Norman1365Seve Ballesteros1169Bernhard Langer1181
3Sandy Lyle1297Bernhard Langer1112Seve Ballesteros1175
4Nick Faldo1103Sandy Lyle879Tsuneyuki Nakajima899
5Curtis Strange1092Curtis Strange873Andy Bean694
6Ben Crenshaw898Ian Woosnam830Bob Tway687
7Ian Woosnam854Payne Stewart717Hal Sutton674
8David Frost843Lanny Wadkins697Curtis Strange653
9Paul Azinger825Mark McNulty673Payne Stewart652
10Mark Calcavecchia819Ben Crenshaw668Mark O'Meara639

Single-season total ranking points leaders

Although not recognized by any official award, these golfers have won the most World Ranking Points during the years for which the rankings have been calculated (points totals prior to 1996 are scaled to the current standard, i.e. major wins are worth 100 points):

1984Tom Watson376
1985Bernhard Langer368
1986Greg Norman582
1987Seve Ballesteros
Ian Woosnam
1988Seve Ballesteros482
1989Greg Norman422
1990José María Olazábal466
1991Seve Ballesteros392
1992Nick Faldo596
1993Greg Norman492
1994Ernie Els554
1995Greg Norman430
1996Tom Lehman370
1997Ernie Els394
1998Mark O'Meara408
1999Tiger Woods750
2000Tiger Woods948.22
2001Tiger Woods568.11
2002Tiger Woods684.00
2003Vijay Singh550.87
2004Vijay Singh707.57
2005Tiger Woods772.44
2006Tiger Woods746.28
2007Tiger Woods689.60
2008Tiger Woods426.24
2009Tiger Woods604.54
2010Lee Westwood374.21
2011Luke Donald533.49
2012Rory McIlroy596.99
2013Tiger Woods488.25

World Money List[edit]

Since 1996, the International Federation of PGA Tours has sanctioned a World Money List [11] which is the total official money earned by a player on all member tours. It is computed in United States dollars. The yearly leaders are listed below.

YearPlayerEventsEarnings ($)
2012Rory McIlroy2410,961,511
2011Luke Donald279,371,748
2010Luke Donald285,867,601
2009Tiger Woods1910,948,054
2008Sergio García266,979,959
2007Tiger Woods1711,002,706
2006Tiger Woods1911,141,827
2005Tiger Woods2311,515,939
2004Vijay Singh3211,104,892
2003Vijay Singh287,639,461
2002Tiger Woods217,392,188
2001Tiger Woods216,213,229
2000Tiger Woods229,501,387
1999Tiger Woods236,981,836
1998David Duval242,680,489
1997Tiger Woods222,082,381
1996Masashi Ozaki211,944,034

Players who have reached number two in the ranking but never number one[edit]

As of August 2014, 9 players have reached world number 2 in the official rankings, but have never risen to world number one. These include (in chronological order of the years when they first reached world number 2): Sandy Lyle (1988), José María Olazábal (1991), Colin Montgomerie (1996), Mark O'Meara (1998), Phil Mickelson (2001), Jim Furyk (2006), Sergio García (2008), Steve Stricker (2010) and Henrik Stenson (2014).

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Ranking Points Incentive For Asian Development Tour Hopefuls". January 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "OWGR – Press Release". November 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ Structure of Ranking Points and Rating Values from January 1 2012
  4. ^ Thailand Golf Championship 2011
  5. ^ "Official World Golf Ranking Board Announces Adjustments To Ranking System". July 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Official World Golf Ranking - Events". Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ Official World Golf Ranking Week 31/2013 August 4, 2013
  8. ^ Official World Ranking Board Approves Introduction of Maximum Divisor July 15, 2009
  9. ^ "U.S. Open to expand world-ranking use". ESPN. Associated Press. February 5, 2011. 
  10. ^ "PGA Championship field to include 93 of top 100 players". PGA of America. August 2, 2005. 
  11. ^ "For Woods and Mickelson, Medinah means everything". PGA of America. Associated Press. August 13, 2006. 
  12. ^ "Kiawah's got talent". PGA of America. August 2, 2012. 
  13. ^ Official World Golf Ranking in the World
  14. ^ OWGR, Week 37, September 16, 2007
  15. ^ "Official World Golf Ranking - Top Tens". Golf Today. February 4, 2007. 
  16. ^ "69 Players Who Have Reached the Top-10 in World Ranking". Official World Golf Ranking. December 31, 2007. 
  17. ^ "Players who have reached the Top Ten in the Official World Golf Ranking since 1986". European Tour Official Guide 09 (PDF) (38th ed.). PGA European Tour. 2009. p. 558. 
  18. ^ "Tiger Woods Wins Seventh Consecutive Mark H. McCormack Award". March 16, 2005. 

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