Professional golfers will soon be ranked by a new points system, to be unveiled in 2022


The official world golf ranking will unveil a new system in 2022 after a lengthy review process to find ways to improve it.

It will not come into effect until August 14, 2022, and because it will continue to operate on a two-year cycle, the full impact of the changes will not be felt until 2024.

The official world golf ranking has been around since 1986, and according to Peter Dawson, chairman of the OWGR board of directors, 17 changes have been made to the system in those 35 years.

“Since July 2018 it has been a remarkable process to participate in, which has been the subject of careful deliberation and analysis, including – and with – representatives from all the major championships, from each of the federation’s tours, including including the Asian Tour, the Australasian Tour, the Sunshine Tour, the Japan Golf Tour, and of course the European Tour and the PGA Tour, ” said Bill Schroder of the OWGR Technical Committee and Vice President of international relations of the PGA Tour. ”And everyone joined in the discussion. with the mindset or spirit of discussion with trying to find what is the best way to rank, or assess, the relative performance of players around the world and arrive at the most accurate ranking possible given tools available. ”

Among the changes to the system will be the allocation of ranking points to all players who succeed in a tournament and the use of a ranking calculation based on a statistical evaluation of each player on the field, rather than only those in the field who are ranked in the top 200.

Major Championships will continue to award 100 first place points, while Players’ Championship will award 80 to the winner. But the various professional circuits will no longer receive additional points for “flagship events”, which means that they will award points according to the strength and depth of their field, with a maximum of 80 first place points.

“What these reviews revealed is that through the use of assigned values ​​in his field strength calculation, which includes touring minimums, flagship tournaments, and home touring rating, there was a certain level of bias in the system, which meant there was a certain level of performance that was underrated or overrated, ”said Schroder.

He gave an example of the final round of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, where Cam Smith was 60th and Si Woo Kim 65th, separated by 8 shots. Neither player received any ranking points, but in the future both likely would, with a difference depending on their outcome and scores.

The global ranking system, as it stands, involves a complicated formula that rewards points based on finish with all points added, then divided by the number of events played to get an average that leads to the ranking. Over a two-year period, a player is awarded a minimum of 40 events for their divider if they play less than that.

Jon Rahm is the current World No.1 player, and although the rankings are primarily for prestige, they are used to determine places in all of the major leagues. The Masters has an invitation among the top 50 players at the end of the year and one week before the tournament; the PGA typically invites all of the Top 100 in the world who are not otherwise eligible; the US Open places in the top 60 in two different periods before the tournament; and The Open ranks in the top 50 and fills its alternate field based on the world rankings.

World Golf Championship events also use leaderboards, including the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship leaderboard.

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