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How the Official World Golf Ranking system works

With effect from January 1, 2013

Official Events from the leading professional tours from around the world are eligible for Ranking Points which are awarded according to the tournaments strength of field and the players finishing position.

Eligible Tours include: PGA TOUR, PGA European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia, Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour, Web.com, European Challenge Tour, PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour China, PGA Tour LatinoAmerica, One Asia, Korean Golf Tour and Asian Development Tour.

World Ranking Points

The World Ranking Points for each player are accumulated over a two year “rolling” period with the points awarded for each event maintained for a 13-week period to place additional emphasis on recent performances.

Ranking points are then reduced in equal decrements for the remaining 91 weeks of the two year Ranking period. Each player is then ranked according to his average points per tournament, which is determined by dividing his total number of points by the tournaments he has played over that two-year period.

There is a minimum divisor of 40 tournaments over the two year ranking period and a maximum divisor of a player’s last 52 events.

Strength of Field

The Strength of Field for each tours event is determined by using the World Rating and Home Tour Rating.

The World Rating is based on the number of Top-200 World Ranked players competing in the event and a value is allocated to the position within the Top 200.

The Home Tour Rating is based on the number of Top-30 Ranked players using each tours end of year final ranking with a value allocated to the position within the Top 30 Ranked players.

The World and Home Rating* using the values in the charts below are added together to produce the Strength of Field rating. The number of points** allocated to an event is then determined by the Rating Points Structure and which band the total Strength of Field rating falls into.

WORLD RATING CHART
World Ranking Position
World Rating Values
1st
45
2nd
37
3rd
32
4th
27
5th
24
6th
21
7th
20
8th
19
9th
18
10th
17
11th
16
12th
15
13th
14
14th
13
15th
12
16th to 30th
11
31st to 34th
10
35th to 38th
9
39th to 43rd
8
44th to 50th
7
51st to 55th
6
56th to 60th
5
61st to 70th
4
71st to 80th
3
81st to 100th
2
101st to 200th
1


HOME RATING CHART
Home Rank of Player
Home Rating Values
1st
8
2nd
7
3rd
6
4th
5
5th
4
6th to 15th
3
16th to 30th
1
Total Home Tour Rating Values Limited to 75% of World Rating Values

* Note: The total Home Tour Rating is limited to 75% of the total World Rating value.
** Note: Points are reduced by 25% for tournaments curtailed to 36 holes because of inclement weather or other reasons. However a tournament will not be reduced below its minimum points level.

Each tour* has a minimum 1st place points level which comes into effect should the 1st place points based on the Strength of Field rating be lower than that awarded to each tour in the chart below:

MINIMUM POINTS LEVEL
Tour
Minimum 1st Place Points
PGA Tour
24
European Tour
24
Japan Golf Tour
16
PGA Tour of Australasia
16
Web.com Hybrid Events
16
Sunshine Tour
14
Asian Tour
14
Web.com
14
European Challenge Tour - Final Series
13 
European Challenge Tour
12
Australia State (Lower prizefund)
6
PGA Tour Canada
6
PGA Tour China
6
PGA Tour LatinoAmerica
6
One Asia
6
Korean Golf Tour
6
Asian Development Tour
6
Sunshine Tour Winter Series-72 Holes
6
Sunshine Tour Winter Series-54 Holes
4

* Note: The minimum points level for co-sanctioned events are determined using the “average” of each tours minimum 1st place points level rounded up to the nearest whole number. The Home ratings for co-sanctioned events are based on the “home” Tour.

Major Championships

The 4 Majors, Masters Tournament, U.S. Open Championship, The Open Championship and US PGA Championship are rated separately and are awarded 100 1st place points. All players who complete all 4 rounds of a Major Championship are awarded Ranking Points to reflect the higher quality of the events.

World Golf Championships

The Strength of Field for the World Golf Championships is calculated by using the World Rating and an additional World Rating based on the Top-30 World Ranked with the following values applied:

World Rank of Player
Home rating Values
1st
8
2nd
7
3rd
6
4th
5
5th
4
6th to 15th
3
16th to 30th
1
Total Home Tour Rating Values Limited to 75% of World Rating Values


Flagship Events

The Leading 6 tours: PGA TOUR, PGA European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia, Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour and the 2 development Web.com and European Challenge Tour are awarded a flagship event and allocated a higher minimum points levels to reflect their status.

Flagship Events
Minimum Points
PGA Tour - Players Championship
80
European Tour - BMW PGA Championship
64
Japan - Japan Open
32
South African - South African Open
32
Australia - Australian Open
32
Asian Tour - Thailand Golf Championship
20
Web.com - Tour Championship
20
Challenge Tour - Grand Final
17


Limited Field Events

Limited field events are defined as less than 30 qualified players. The Strength of Field for a limited field is calculated by using the World Rating only. Points are capped to 2.40 maximum points for last place or first round losers in match play events of less than 30 qualified players.



 





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