The official world golf rankings will unveil a new system in 2022 after a lengthy review process to find ways to improve it.
It will only come into effect on 14 August 2022, and as it continues with a two-year cycle, the full impact of the changes will only be felt in 2024.
The official golf rankings have existed since 1986, and according to Peter Dawson, chairman of the OWGR Governing Body, 17 adjustments have been made to the system over the past 35 years.
‘It has been a remarkable process to be a part of since July 2018, and there has been careful deliberation and analysis, including – and with – representatives of all the major championships, of each of the federation tours, including the Asian tour, the Australasian tour, Sunshine tour, Japan golf tour and of course the European tour and the PGA tour, ” said Bill Schroder of the OWGR technical committee and a vice president of international relations with the PGA tour. try to find with the mindset or spirit of discussion what is the best way to rank or evaluate the relative performance of players around the world and arrive at the most accurate ranking, given the tools available. ”
Among the changes in the system, the allocation of points to all players who achieve the tournament, and a calculation of the field rating will be used based on a statistical evaluation of each player in the field, instead of just those in the field. which is below the rankings. the top 200.
Major championships will still award 100 points in the first place, while the Players Championship awards 80 to the winner. But the various pro tours will no longer get extra points for ‘flagship opportunities’, which means they will award points based on the strength and depth of their fields, with a maximum of 80 first places.
‘What these reviews revealed was that there was some bias in the system through the use of assigned values in calculating the strength of the field, which includes tour minimums, flagship tournaments and the home arrangement. certain achievements that are undervalued or overvalued, ”said Schroder.
He gave an example from the last round of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, where Cam Smith finished 60th and Si Woo Kim was 65th, separated by 8 shots. Neither player got rankings, but in the future both would be likely, with a difference based on their finish and scores.
The world rankings system involves, as it were, a complex formula that rewards points based on finishing with all points added and then divided by the number of matches played to get an average, leading to the ranking. Over the course of two years, a player receives a minimum of 40 matches for his dealer if he plays less than that.
Jon Rahm is the current player on the world rankings, and although the rankings are mostly for prestige, it is used to determine places in all the major championships. The Masters have a top-50 invitation for players at the end of the year and a week before the tournament; the PGA usually invites all the top 100 in the world who would not otherwise be eligible; the US Open goes to the top-60 at two different time periods before the tournament; and The Open has a top-50 finish and fills its field with replacements based on the world rankings.
The World Golf Championships also use the rankings, including for the seed during the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship.