NOVEMBER 18, 2018: Justin Rose begins his first week at the top of the World Ranking.

Since the creation of the Official World Golf Ranking (known as the Sony Ranking until 1997), and although the top spot has changed hands 76 times since Bernhard Langer first took the position on April 6, 1986, only 23 players in all have held the coveted position of being officially the world's number one golfer.

Tiger Woods holds the record for the most consecutive weeks at number one (281, from June 12, 2005 to October 30, 2010), as well as the most total weeks in the position at 683. The 23 holders, and the total number of weeks at number one, are as follows, as at November 18, 2018.

Tiger Woods683 weeks
Greg Norman331 weeks
Nick Faldo97 weeks
Rory McIlroy95 weeks
Dustin Johnson85 weeks
Severiano Ballesteros61 weeks
Luke Donald56 weeks
Jason Day51 weeks
Ian Woosnam50 weeks
Nick Price44 weeks
Vijay Singh32 weeks
Jordan Spieth26 weeks
Lee Westwood22 weeks
Fred Couples16 weeks
David Duval15 weeks
Adam Scott11 weeks
Ernie Els9 weeks
Martin Kaymer8 weeks
Justin Thomas4 weeks
Justin Rose4 weeks
Bernhard Langer3 weeks
Brooks Koepka3 weeks
Tom Lehman1 week

For the full chronological history of the holders of the world number one spot, click here.

MOST TIMES AS NO. 1

As the top spot has alternated between players over the years, Greg Norman reached number one 11 separate times, Tiger Woods also 11 times, Rory McIlroy 7, Seve Ballesteros 5, Nick Faldo, Luke Donald and Jordan Spieth 4 times, with Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson 3 times each.

SHORTEST TENURE

Although several number ones - including Tiger Woods - have held the position for just one week before being displaced, only Tom Lehman among the nineteen has been world number one for a single week in his career, in 1997.

YOUNGEST

Tiger Woods was 21 years and 167 days old when he first became world number one on June 15, 1997. Rory McIlroy became the second youngest at 22 years and 312 days when he took over the top spot on March 4, 2012.

OLDEST

Vijay Singh was 41 years, 6 months and 2 weeks old when he first became world number one on September 5, 2004, and 42 years, 3 months and 3 weeks old when he last held the position on June 11, 2005.

NATIONALITIES

Of the twenty three, only eight have been Americans, the position also having been held by four Englishmen, three Australians, two Germans, a Spaniard, a Welshman, a Zimbabwean, a South African, a Fijian and a Northern Irishman.

YEAR LONG HOLDERS

Only five players have held the position for at least 52 successive weeks: Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson. The first three players are also the only ones to have been world number one for a full calendar year: Nick Faldo throughout 1993, Greg Norman throughout 1996, and Tiger Woods throughout 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

In 2008, Tiger Woods achieved the remarkable feat of holding onto the number one position all year, despite not competing for more than six months after his June 16 playoff victory for the US Open against Rocco Mediate, as he underwent knee surgery and recuperation. He was still world number one on February 25, 2009, when he resumed tournament golf at the Accenture Match Play Championship.

HIGHEST POINTS TOTAL

Tiger Woods also holds the record for the highest ever average points total, when he reached 32.44 points (1459.64 points accumulated over 45 tournaments) on June 3, 2001, shortly before the 2001 US Open, at which point he was the first player ever to hold all four professional major championships simultaneously - the so-called 'Tiger Slam'.

BIGGEST LEAD

Just before that, on May 20, 2001, Tiger Woods had also built the biggest ever lead in the rankings, when his 32.33 average points was 19.40 ahead of the then world number two Phil Mickelson on 12.93 average points.

History of the Official World Golf Ranking Number One position

(Bracketed figure = number of times at World No. 1)
 
Player
From:
To:
No. of weeks
76
Justin Rose (3)
November 18, 2018
This week
1
75
Brooks Koepka (2)
November 11, 2018
November 18, 2018
1
74
Justin Rose (2)
November 04, 2018
November 11
1
73
Brooks Koepka
October 21, 2018
November 04
2
72
Dustin Johnson (3)
September 23, 2018
October 21, 2018
4
71
Justin Rose
September 09, 2018
September 23, 2018
2
70
Dustin Johnson (2)
June 10, 2018
September 09, 2018
17
69
Justin Thomas
May 13, 2018
June 10, 2018
4
68
Dustin Johnson
February 19, 2017
May 13, 2018
64
67
Jason Day (3)
March 27, 2016
February 19, 2017
47
66
Jordan Spieth (4)
Nov. 8, 2015
March 26, 2016
20
65
Jason Day (2)
Oct. 18, 2015
Nov. 7, 2015
3
64
Jordan Spieth (3)
Sep. 27, 2015
Oct. 17, 2015
3
63
Jason Day
Sep. 20, 2015
Sep. 26, 2015
1
62
Rory McIlroy (7)
Sep. 13, 2015
Sep. 19, 2015
1
61
Jordan Spieth (2)
Sep. 7, 2015
Sep. 12, 2015
1
60
Rory McIlroy (6)
Aug. 30, 2015
Sep. 6, 2015
1
59
Jordan Spieth
Aug. 16, 2015
Aug. 29, 2015
2
58
Rory McIlroy (5)
Aug. 3, 2014
Aug. 15, 2015
54
57
Adam Scott
May 18, 2013
Aug. 2, 2014
11
56
Tiger Woods (11)
Mar. 25, 2013
May 17, 2014
60
55
Rory McIlroy (4)
Aug. 12, 2012
Mar. 24, 2013
32
54
Luke Donald (4)
May 27, 2012
Aug. 11, 2012
11
53
Rory McIlroy (3)
May 6, 2012
May 26, 2012
3
52
Luke Donald (3)
April 29, 2012
May 5, 2012
1
51
Rory McIlroy (2)
April 15, 2012
April 28, 2012
2
50
Luke Donald (2)
Mar. 18, 2012
April 14, 2012
4
49
Rory McIlroy (1)
Mar. 4, 2012
Mar. 17, 2012
2
48
Luke Donald (1)
May 29, 2011
Mar. 3, 2012
40
47
Lee Westwood (2)
April 24, 2011
May 28, 2011
5
46
Martin Kaymer
Feb. 27, 2011
April 23, 2011
8
45
Lee Westwood (1)
Oct. 31, 2010
Feb. 26, 2011
17
44
Tiger Woods (10)
Jun. 12, 2005
Oct. 30, 2010
281
43
Vijay Singh (3)
May 22, 2005
Jun. 11, 2005
3
42
Tiger Woods (9)
Apr. 10, 2005
May 21, 2005
6
41
Vijay Singh(2)
Mar. 20, 2005
Apr. 9, 2005
3
40
Tiger Woods (8)
Mar. 6, 2005
Mar. 19, 2005
2
39
Vijay Singh (1)
Sep. 5, 2004
Mar. 5, 2005
26
38
Tiger Woods (7)
Aug. 15, 1999
Sep. 4, 2004
264
37
David Duval (2)
Aug. 7, 1999
Aug. 14, 1999
1
36
Tiger Woods (6)
Jul. 4, 1999
Aug. 6, 1999
5
35
David Duval (1)
Mar. 28, 1999
Jul. 3, 1999
14
34
Tiger Woods (5)
Jun. 14, 1998
Mar. 27, 1999
41
33
Ernie Els (3)
May 17, 1998
Jun. 13, 1998
4
32
Tiger Woods (4)
May 10, 1998
May 16, 1998
1
31
Ernie Els (2)
Apr. 12, 1998
May 9, 1998
4
30
Tiger Woods (3)
Jan. 11, 1998
Apr. 11, 1998
13
29
Greg Norman (11)
Sep. 7, 1997
Jan. 10, 1998
18
28
Tiger Woods (2)
Jul. 6, 1997
Sep. 6, 1997
9
27
Greg Norman (10)
Jun. 29, 1997
Jul. 5, 1997
1
26
Ernie Els (1)
Jun. 22, 1997
Jun. 28, 1997
1
25
Tiger Woods (1)
Jun. 15, 1997
Jun. 21, 1997
1
24
Greg Norman (9)
Apr. 27, 1997
Jun. 14, 1997
7
23
Tom Lehman
Apr. 20, 1997
Apr. 26, 1997
1
22
Greg Norman (8)
Jun. 18, 1995
Apr. 19, 1997
96
21
Nick Price
Aug. 14, 1994
Jun. 17, 1995
44
20
Greg Norman (7)
Feb. 6, 1994
Aug. 13, 1994
27
19
Nick Faldo (4)
Jul. 19, 1992
Feb. 5, 1994
81
18
Fred Couples (2)
Apr. 5, 1992
Jul. 18, 1992
15
17
Nick Faldo (3)
Mar. 29, 1992
Apr. 4, 1992
1
16
Fred Couples (1)
Mar. 22, 1992
Mar. 28, 1992
1
15
Ian Woosnam
Apr. 7, 1991
Mar. 21, 1992
50
14
Nick Faldo (2)
Feb. 3, 1991
Apr. 6, 1991
9
13
Greg Norman (6)
Oct. 14, 1990
Feb. 2, 1991
16
12
Nick Faldo (1)
Sep. 2, 1990
Oct. 13, 1990
7
11
Greg Norman (5)
Aug. 20, 1989
Sep. 1, 1990
54
10
Seve Ballesteros (5)
Apr. 2, 1989
Aug. 19, 1989
20
9
Greg Norman (4)
Mar. 26, 1989
Apr. 1, 1989
1
8
Seve Ballesteros (4)
Nov. 13, 1988
Mar. 25, 1989
19
7
Greg Norman (3)
Nov. 6, 1988
Nov. 12, 1987
1
6
Seve Ballesteros (3)
Oct. 30, 1988
Nov. 5, 1987
1
5
Greg Norman (2)
Nov. 29, 1987
Oct. 29, 1987
49
4
Seve Ballesteros (2)
Nov. 22, 1987
Nov. 28, 1986
1
3
Greg Norman (1)
Sep. 14, 1986
Nov. 21, 1986
61
2
Seve Ballesteros (1)
Apr. 27, 1986
Sep. 13, 1986
20
1
Bernhard Langer
Apr. 6, 1986
Apr. 26, 1986
3