World Ranking, the launch of a new system

International Federation Ranking List, news coming for the World Ranking.

The Board of the Official World Golf Ranking has announced the launch of a new dedicated ranking.

World Ranking, news

The International Federation Ranking List is a tool designed to support the organizers of some smaller professional circuits.

The newly created ranking includes players from the Asian Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia and the Sunshine Tour.

The players who occupy the first ten positions of each Order of Merit will feed the ranking.

In the first publication of the ranking, the first four places were awarded to the four winners of last season, followed by their 36 colleagues.

The classification criterion is given by the combination between the position occupied in the Order of Merit to which one belongs and that of the Official World Golf Ranking (which is, clearly, the one that counts the most).

Peter Dawson, chairman of the Board, said:

“OWGR is delighted with the creation of the International Federation Ranking List”

“It is a tool made available for tournament organizers to identify the best performing players who play regularly on these Tours and reward them with new play opportunities”

“We look forward to seeing the contribution that the new leaderboard will make towards enhancing the courses available to players from all over the world”.

The impetus for the creation of the Official World Golf Rankings came from the tournament committee of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, which in the eighties realized that the system it adopted, i.e. sending invitations to participate in the British Open by analyzing each tour individually, was leading to the exclusion of more and more top-level players because they split their schedules on several different tours, and by the influential sports manager Mark McCormack, who became the first chairman of the international committee overseeing the creation of the league table. The system used to develop the rankings was developed based on that of McCormack’s World Golf Rankings, which had previously been published in his World of Professional Golf Annual from 1968 to 1985, which was an unofficial ranking and was not used for other purposes such as selecting players to invite to tournaments.

The first ranking was published before the 1986 edition of The Masters. The top six players were: Bernhard Langer, Severiano Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle, Tom Watson, Mark O’Meara and Greg Norman. The top three were therefore European players, but among the top fifty thirty-one were Americans.

Over the years the method of calculating the ranking has changed a lot. Initially the ranking was calculated over a three-year period, with the current year’s score multiplied by four, that of the previous year by two and that of two years before left unchanged. The ranking was compiled with the total score and the overall points rounded to the nearest integer. All tournaments recognized by the professional tours and some of the invitational tournaments were classified into categories, ranging from “major tournaments” (where the winner received 50 points) to “other tournaments” (where the winner received a minimum of 8 points). ). In each tournament, the other classified players also received points in proportion to their placement, starting with the runner-up who received 60% of the points due to the winner.