World Golf Ranking Turns 20

Day 172 without playing golf

This from USA Today:

“The World Golf Ranking turned 20 this month, and one thing hasn’t changed. Fred Couples can still be found in the top 50.

“Bernhard Langer was No. 1 when the ranking made its debut the week before the 1986 Masters. He was followed by Seve Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle, Tom Watson and Mark O’Meara. All of them except Langer — currently No. 57 — are no longer in the top 200.

“Couples was No. 42 in the original ranking. He moved up to No. 21 this week.

“The ranking has been altered over the years. When it was launched 20 years ago, golfers were measured over three years, instead of the two-year period with gradual reductions in points every 13 weeks.

“Only a dozen players have been ranked No. 1 — Langer, Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Couples, Nick Price, Tom Lehman, Els, David Duval, Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods.

“Woods has held the No. 1 ranking the longest at 385 weeks, and Lehman was at No. 1 for only one week.”

The Armchair Golfer

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2 thoughts on “World Golf Ranking Turns 20”

  1. I’m really ambivilent about the rankings. As with most golfers, the ability to get the pill in the jar, varies almost weekly.

    But, the public demands the rankings so. . . carry on.


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