Golf World Ranking system looks set for major shakeup

The current system was established in 1986 but is set to be updated to keep up with the modern game. 

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Tue, 6 Apr 2021
Golf World Ranking system looks set for major shakeup

The Official Golf World Ranking system will reportedly be overhauled after a meeting took place to discuss changes to the current system.

According to The Guardian, a seven-person rankings board with representation from all four majors met up to discuss an updated ranking system that is compatible with today's game.



Those who are responsible for the alterations believe the new system will more accurately reflect global professional tours.

The current rankings are formed by dividing a golfer's current points total by the number of events they have played in a two-year window. This principle will remain, however, there will be other significant changes this year.

There is recognition from the rankings board that the 'strength of field' element, which refers to the minimum points given at an event, is misleading.

This potential change could provide encouragement for players who often play in standard European Tour events which currently have a low point status in the rankings at present. 



At the moment, around 2,000 golfers have a world ranking and there are 23 tours around the world that are part of the points system.

The present rankings system was founded in 1986 with two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer becoming the first-ever World No.1 golfer. 

Throughout his career, Tiger Woods has spent a staggering 683 weeks in the top position. Dustin Johnson has spent 123 weeks in the top spot which is the most of any current PGA Tour player.

Ahead of The Masters, Johnson is the current World No.1 golfer and Jon Rahm is currently the top-ranked European golfer in third position.