Official World Golf Rankings System to be UPDATED in August 2022

The enhancements to the ranking system are set to incorporate modern statistical techniques which will allow all eligible players and events to be more accurately evaluated.

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Wed, 11 Aug 2021
Official World Golf Rankings System to be UPDATED in August 2022

The Governing Board of Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) has today announced enhancements to the Official World Golf Ranking System.

The updated system will incorporate modern statistical techniques which will allow all eligible players and events to be more accurately evaluated relative to each other.

In recent years, the OWGR has coordinated an independent analysis of the rankings and the system to ensure it is meeting its key objectives of publishing a transparent, credible and accurate ranking based on the relative performances of participating players.

The results of this analysis have led to the changes announced today, including the distribution of ranking points to all players making the cut to provide greater differentiation of performances.

Also, a field rating calculation based on a statistical evaluation of every player in the field will be considered, rather than just those in the field among the current top 200 of the ranking.

Major championships will continue to award 100 first-place points, while The Players Championship will award 80. All other tournaments will award ranking points according to the strength and depth of their fields, with a maximum of 80 first-place points.

"The Official World Golf Ranking owes a massive debt of gratitude to founders Mark H McCormack and Tony Greer, whose vision has done so much to shape the competitive landscape of men’s professional golf over the past 35 years," said Official World Golf Ranking Chairman Peter Dawson.

"Since 1986, the tours eligible for inclusion have grown in number from six to 23 and the rankings have been continuously modified to accommodate this expansion and to improve accuracy."

Following a 12-month notice period, implementation is set for the week ending August 14 2022, at which point all future eligible tournaments will utilise the updated system.

The concept of the ranking was originated in the early 1980s by Mark H McCormack and Tony Greer with the Sony Ranking introduced on April 6 1986 during the week of the Masters.

The primary objective of the ranking is to maintain, review, update, administer and promote the recognition of a system that fairly ranks the relative performance of golfers.

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