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Ranking, Scottie Scheffler remains number 1

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Despite the disappointment of the FedEx Cup failure, Scottie Scheffler remains the number 1 in men’s golf globally. The American precedes the Australian Cameron Smith in the standings, always 2 / o but now closely followed by the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy who, thanks to the victory in Atlanta in the FedEx Cup, has risen from 4 / a to 3 / a position.

Scottie Scheffler, ranking

It is the only variation in the Top 10, with Patrick Cantlay relegated to 4th place. The blues remain behind. Francesco Molinari, who did not qualify for the PGA Tour play-offs, is 162 / o. Best Italian, he is ahead of Guido Migliozzi, only 185 / o.

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, that is to send invitations for participation in the British Open by analyzing each tour individually, was leading to the exclusion of more and more high-level players because they shared their commitments on multiple different tours, and from the authoritative sports manager Mark McCormack, who became the first president of the international committee that oversees the creation of the ranking.

The system used to develop the ranking was developed based on that of McCormack’s World Golf Rankings, which had previously been published in its World of Professional Golf Annual from 1968 to 1985, which was an unofficial ranking and was not used for others.

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 players 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, the previous year’s score by two and the previous year’s score left unchanged.

The ranking was drawn up with the total score and the overall points rounded to the nearest whole value. All tournaments recognized by 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 also received points in proportion to the placement starting from the second who received 60% of the points due to the winner. At the beginning of April 1989 the ranking was changed and based on the average points per tournament played rather than the total sum.

This is to better reflect the value of some players (especially older ones) who played fewer tournaments than others, but showed in major tournaments that their rankings were underestimated. For example Tom Watson between 1987 and 1989 had placed in the top 15 in eight major tournaments, but with the overall points system he was only in 40th position: with the average points system he went up to the twentieth.

A new system was also devised for determining the “weight” of each tournament, based on the overall value of the participants evaluated with the ranking prior to the start of the tournament. At the major tournaments, however, the maximum of 50 points was guaranteed for the winner, while all the others could reach a maximum of 40 if all the best 100 in the world had been at the start.

In practice, the result is that most of the PGA Tour tournaments settle around 25 points for the winner, those of the European Tour around 18 and those of the Japan PGA Tour around 12. In 2007 the system was changed again. . In 1996 the three years that were taken into account were reduced to two and the current year passed to be worth double.

From 2000, points began to be awarded to a greater number of ranked players in each tournament and the average was no longer rounded to the integer. Initially only the tournament committee of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club used the ranking for official purposes; the PGA Tour recognized it in 1990 and in 1997 all major tours did as well.

The ranking, which was previously called the Sony Rankings, took the name of Official World Golf Rankings that year. The headquarters where it is cared for and managed is located in Virginia Water in Surrey, England. So far nineteen players have been officially recognized as # 1 in the world.

Severiano Ballesteros replaced Bernhard Langer shortly after the introduction of the ranking and then dueled for position with Greg Norman for three years, until Nick Faldo took his place as Norman’s main rival. Ian Woosnam and Fred Couples alternated in first place several times between 1991 and 1992, before Faldo’s return to command which lasted until 1994, when Nick Price became the leader.

Greg Norman returned to the lead in 1995 and 1996, then, after just one week of Tom Lehman taking the lead, Tiger Woods dominated from 1997 to 2005, with brief stoppages to the benefit of Ernie Els and David Duval, In September 2004 Vijay Singh became 12th # 1 and he and Woods alternated in command several times over the course of 2005, but Woods eventually took off.

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