Official World Golf Ranking

The Official World Golf Ranking is a system for rating the performance level of male professional golfers. It was started in 1986.

The rankings are based on a player's position in individual tournaments (i.e. not pairs or team events) over a "rolling" two-year period. New rankings are produced each week. During 2018, nearly 400 tournaments on 20 tours were covered by the ranking system. All players competing in these tournaments are included in the rankings. In 2019, 23 tours will factor into the world rankings.

As well as being of general interest, the rankings have an additional importance, in that they are used as one of the qualifying criteria for entry into a number of leading tournaments.

Tours included in the rankings

The ranking system is endorsed by the four major championships and six major professional tours, five of which are charter members of the International Federation of PGA Tours:

Points are also awarded for high finishes on other tours:

Starting in 2012, some events received points that had not previously received any. These were the Sunshine Tour "Winter Series" and the PGA Tour of Australasia "State Based and Regional Tournaments".[8]

Previous tours:

History

The initiative for the creation of the Official World Golf Ranking came from the Championship Committee of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, which found in the 1980s that its system of issuing invitations to The Open Championship on a tour by tour basis was omitting an increasing number of top players because more of them were dividing their time between tours, and from preeminent sports agent Mark McCormack, who was the first chairman of the International Advisory Committee which oversees the rankings. The system used to calculate the rankings was developed from McCormack's World Golf Rankings, which were published in his World of Professional Golf Annual from 1968 to 1985, although these were purely unofficial and not used for any wider purpose (such as inviting players to major tournaments).

The first ranking list was published prior to the 1986 Masters Tournament. The top six ranked golfers were: Bernhard Langer, Seve Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle, Tom Watson, Mark O'Meara and Greg Norman. Thus the top three were all European, but there were 31 Americans in the top 50 (compared with 17 at the end of 2010).

The method of calculation of the rankings has changed considerably over the years. Initially, the rankings were calculated over a three-year period, with the current year's points multiplied by four (three in 1986), the previous year's points by two and the third year's points by one. Rankings were based on the total points and points awarded were restricted to integer values. All tournaments recognised by the world's professional tours, and some leading invitational events, were graded into categories ranging from major championship (whose winners would receive 50 points) to "other tournaments" (whose winners would receive a minimum of 8). In all events, other finishers received points on a diminishing scale that began with runners-up receiving 60% of the winners' points, and the number of players in the field receiving points would be the same as the points awarded to the winner. In a major, for example, all players finishing 30th to 40th would receive 2 points, and all players finishing 50th or higher, 1 point.

Beginning in April 1989, the rankings were changed to be based on the average points per event played instead of simply total points earned, subject to a minimum divisor of 60 (20 events per year). This was in order to more accurately reflect the status of some (particularly older) players, who played in far fewer events than their younger contemporaries but demonstrated in major championships that their ranking was artificially low. Tom Watson, for example, finished in the top 15 of eight major championships between 1987 and 1989, yet had a "total points" ranking of just 40th; his ranking became a more realistic 20th when based on "average points". A new system for determining the "weight" of each tournament was also introduced, based on the strength of the tournament's field in terms of their pre-tournament world rankings. Major championships were guaranteed to remain at 50 points for the winners, and all other events could attain a maximum of 40 points for the winner if all of the world's top 100 were present. In practice most PGA Tour events awarded around 25 points to the winner, European Tour events around 18 and JPGA Tour events around 12.

In 1996, the three-year period was reduced to two years, with the current year now counting double and the minimum number of events reduced from 60 to 40. Points were extended to more of the field, beginning in 2000, and were no longer restricted to integer values. Beginning in September 2001, the tapering system was changed so that instead of the points for each result being doubled if they occurred in the most recent 12 months, one eighth of the initial "multiplied up" value was deducted every 13 weeks. This change effectively meant that players could now be more simply described as being awarded 100 points (not 50) for winning a major. Beginning in 2007, the system holds the points from each event at full value for 13 weeks and then reduces them in equal weekly increments over the remainder of the two-year period.

In 2010, a maximum number of tournaments was introduced as well as the minimum of 40. The maximum number was initially set to 60 from January 2010 and was reduced by 2 every six months until it reached 52 in January 2012. This means that since 2012 only the player's 52 most recent tournaments (within the two-year period) are used to calculate his ranking average.[10]

At first only the Championship Committee of the Royal and Ancient used the rankings for official purposes, but the PGA Tour recognized them in 1990, and in 1997 all five of the then principal men's golf tours did so. The rankings, which had previously been called the Sony Rankings, were renamed the Official World Golf Rankings at that time. They are run from offices in Virginia Water in Surrey, England.

Calculation of the rankings

Source:[11]

Simply put, a golfer's World Ranking is obtained by dividing their points total by the number of events they have played, which gives their average. Players are then ranked; a higher average yields a higher rank.

Event ranking

The first stage in the calculation is the ranking of each event. For most events the ranking depends on the current world rankings of the participating golfers and the participation of the leading golfers from the "home tour".

A "world rating value" is calculated. Any golfer currently ranked in the world top 200 is given a rating value. The world No. 1 is allocated 45, the No. 2 is allocated 37, the No. 3 is allocated 32, down to those ranked between 101 and 200 who are allocated a rating value of 1 each. The maximum possible world rating value is 925 but this would only happen if all the top 200 golfers were playing.

A "home tour rating value" is calculated. The leading 30 golfers from the previous year's "home tour" are given rating values. Most tours use earnings lists for their top 30, but the PGA Tour currently uses the FedEx points list calculated after the playoffs. Major championships and WGC events use the current world top 30 list. The home tour No. 1 is allocated 8 down to those from 16 to 30 who are allocated a rating value of 1 each. The maximum home tour rating value is 75 if all the top 30 players from the home tour are competing. The total home tour rating value is limited to 75% of the world rating value.

The world rating value and home tour rating value are added together to give a total rating value. This is then converted into an event ranking using a table. As examples, a total rating value of 10 converts to an event ranking of 8, a total rating value of 100 converts to an event ranking of 24, while a total rating value of 500 converts to an event ranking of 62.

Major championships have a fixed event ranking of 100 points. For each tour, there is a minimum ranking for each event. In addition, some tours have a "flagship event" that is guaranteed a higher ranking.

TourMinimum
points
Flagship eventMinimum
points
PGA Tour24The Players Championship80
European Tour24BMW PGA Championship64
Japan Golf Tour16Japan Open32
PGA Tour of Australasia16 (6)Australian Open32
Sunshine Tour14 (6/4)South African Open32
Asian Tour14Indonesian Masters*20
Korn Ferry Tour14Korn Ferry Tour Championship20
Challenge Tour12Challenge Tour Grand Final17
Korean Tour9n/an/a
PGA Tour Canada6n/an/a
PGA Tour Latinoamérica6n/an/a
Asian Development Tour6n/an/a
PGA Tour China4/6n/an/a
China Tour4/6n/an/a
Alps Tour4/6n/an/a
Nordic Golf League4/6n/an/a
PGA EuroPro Tour4/6n/an/a
ProGolf Tour4/6n/an/a
MENA Golf Tour3/5n/an/a
Big Easy Tour3/5n/an/a
All Thailand Golf Tour5n/an/a
Professional Golf Tour of India5n/an/a
Japan Challenge Tour4n/an/a

* Previously the Thailand Golf Championship[12]

72-hole tournaments which are reduced to 54 holes retain full points, but if a tournament is reduced to 36 holes, its points allocation is reduced by 25%. 54-hole tournaments reduced to 36 holes retain full points.

The events with the highest "Total Rating" in 2019 are shown in the following table.[13]

DateEventWorld
rating value
Home tour
rating value
Total
rating value
Event
ranking
Field
size
WinnerRank
May 19PGA Championship83071901100156Brooks Koepka3
Jul 21The Open Championship82375898100156Shane Lowry33
Mar 17The Players Championship8077588280144Rory McIlroy4
Jun 16U.S. Open76375838100156Gary Woodland25
Apr 14Masters Tournament7217579610087Tiger Woods6
Aug 11The Northern Trust7207479476121Patrick Reed24
Mar 31WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play710717817664Kevin Kisner25
Feb 24WGC-Mexico Championship657637207272Dustin Johnson2
Aug 18BMW Championship644657097269Justin Thomas10
Jul 28WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational624646887263Brooks Koepka1
Jun 2The Memorial Tournament5415559668120Patrick Cantlay15
Mar 10Arnold Palmer Invitational5024354564123Francesco Molinari7
Feb 17Genesis Open4915154264144J. B. Holmes42
Oct 27Zozo Championship470565266478Tiger Woods8
Aug 25Tour Championship444484926030Rory McIlroy3
Nov 3WGC-HSBC Champions452324846078Rory McIlroy2
Jan 27Farmers Insurance Open4334647960156Justin Rose1
Apr 21RBC Heritage4303046058132Pan Cheng-tsung55
Jun 23Travelers Championship4023443658156Chez Reavie48
Feb 3Waste Management Phoenix Open3923542756132Rickie Fowler8
Sep 22BMW PGA Championship3506641664132Danny Willett60
Jan 6Sentry Tournament of Champions361454065633Xander Schauffele6
Oct 6Shriners Hospitals for Children Open3653339854144Kevin Na40
May 26Charles Schwab Challenge3473037754120Kevin Na52
Oct 20CJ Cup341273685278Justin Thomas6
Nov 24DP World Tour Championship, Dubai319483675260Jon Rahm4
May 5Wells Fargo Championship3073133850156Max Homa417
Jan 13Sony Open in Hawaii3112733850144Matt Kuchar22
Sep 29Alfred Dunhill Links Championship2744932350168Victor Perez183
Mar 24Valspar Championship3022032250144Paul Casey11

Rank refers to the player's world ranking before the event.

Player rankings

Having calculated the ranking of the event, the ranking points of the players for that event can be calculated. The winner's ranking points are the same as the ranking of the event, so that major winners get 100 ranking points. The second place golfer gets 60% of this amount, 40% for 3rd, 30% for 4th, 24% for 5th, down to 14% for 10th, 7% for 20th, 3.5% for 40th to 1.5% for 60th. Players tied for a position share the points for those positions so that if, for example, two players tie for second place they would each receive 50%, the average of 60% and 40%.

A player's ranking points for an event must be at least 1.2. Players who would get less than this using the above formula get no ranking points. For example, if an event has a ranking of 10 only the leading 12 players (and ties) receive any ranking points since the player in 12th place gets 12% of the event ranking (i.e. 1.2). The player in 13th position gets no points. Where there is a tie for the final scoring place, those players are guaranteed to receive at least 1.2 points. Using the above example, if there were two or more players tied for 12th place, each would receive 1.2 points. The only exceptions to this system are in the major championships where all players who make the cut get a minimum of 1.5 ranking points.

Adjusted rankings

For the first 13 weeks after an event the player receives the full ranking points earned in that event. However, from then onwards they are reduced in equal weekly increments over the remainder of a two-year period. This gives priority to recent form. Each week the ranking points are reduced by a factor of 1/92 (approximately 1.09%) so that in week 14 only 98.91% of the ranking points are credited, continuing until week 104 when only 1.09% is credited. From week 105 the ranking points are completely lost.

Ranking average

The player's adjusted points for all events in the two-year period are then added together, and this total is divided by the number of events to give the average ranking. However, players are subject to both a minimum and maximum number of events over the two-year period. If a player competes in fewer than 40 tournaments over the two-year period his adjusted points total is divided by 40 and not the actual number of events he has played in. There is also a maximum of 52 tournaments, which means that only the player's 52 most recent tournaments (within the two-year period) are used.

The resulting averages for all players are put into descending order to produce the ranking table. This means that the player who has obtained most cumulative success does not necessarily come top of the rankings: it is average performance levels that are important, and some golfers play substantially more tournaments than others. New rankings are released every Monday.

Importance of the rankings

A professional golfer's ranking is of considerable significance to his career. Currently a ranking in the World Top 50 grants automatic entry to all the majors and World Golf Championships; see table below. In addition, rankings are the main criterion for selection for the International Team in the Presidents Cup, while ranking points are one of the qualification criteria for the European Ryder Cup team. The rankings are also used to help select the field for various other tournaments.

TournamentAutomatic entries
Masters TournamentTop 50
U.S. OpenTop 60[14]
The Open ChampionshipTop 50
PGA Championship(Top 100)see note
WGC-Dell Match PlayTop 64 (sole criterion)
WGC-Cadillac ChampionshipTop 50
WGC-Bridgestone InvitationalTop 50
WGC-HSBC ChampionsTop 50
The Players ChampionshipTop 50
Summer Olympics (2016)Top 60see note

Note: The PGA Championship does not have an official automatic entry based on the Official World Golf Ranking. However, the PGA of America invites additional players, and traditionally has invited those in the top 100 for the last several years. It makes note of its strong field by referencing the number of top 100 ranked golfers entered in its press releases.[15][16][17]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, the top-15 world-ranked players will be eligible, with a limit of four players from a given country. Beyond the top-15, players will be eligible based on the world rankings, with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top-15. Within the 60 players participating, each of the five continents of the Olympic Movement will be guaranteed at least one player and the host nation will be guaranteed one player.[18]

Timeline of the "number one" ranking

The first official ranking list was published prior to the Masters in April 1986, with Bernhard Langer the first world No. 1 ranked player, ahead of Seve Ballesteros, who had topped the unofficial McCormack's World Golf Rankings at the end of the previous year. Ballesteros briefly held the No. 1 spot after Langer, before Greg Norman's worldwide success over the rest of that season made him the first year-end No. 1. Ballesteros took the No. 1 position back from Norman in 1987, and the pair exchanged the No. 1 position several times over the next two years. During 1990, Nick Faldo remained ranked just behind Norman despite winning three majors in two years (and more world ranking points in total than his rival, albeit having entered more events). As detailed in Mark McCormack's "World of Professional Golf 1991" annual, it was also the case (but less immediately apparent) that Norman had won a total of 14 events during the ranking period to Faldo's 10, and when the two had competed in the same tournament, had finished ahead of his rival 19 times to 11, so Norman's No. 1 position (on the new "average points" system) had some justification. Faldo did inherit the No. 1 ranking for the first time early in 1991.

In April 1991, a quirk in the way the rankings treated results from previous years meant that Ian Woosnam, who had never won a major, took the No. 1 spot from Faldo on the eve of the latter's attempt to win the Masters for a third year in succession; as if justifying the ranking system, Woosnam—and not Faldo—won the tournament. Twelve months later, Fred Couples similarly took over the No. 1 ranking shortly before the 1992 Masters, then also went on to make that tournament his first major victory. Faldo's Open victory in 1992 lifted him back to the No. 1 position, and he held that spot until replaced by Nick Price, who in 1994 became the first African ranked No. 1 after his back-to-back major victories that summer.

By 1996, Greg Norman had regained the top spot and ended 1996 and 1997 narrowly ahead of first Tom Lehman, and then Tiger Woods and Ernie Els in the rankings, despite his rivals enjoying major victories in those years while he won none. Lehman, Els and Woods would all briefly become No. 1 during 1997, Lehman for a week – to date, the only player to hold the No. 1 ranking for just one week. In 1996, Colin Montgomerie also led the rankings in total points earned over the two-year period (but never on average points per event); in 1997 Els was top of a similar "total points" list. Those were the last occasions on which a player led on "total" points but not average points until 2016, when Dustin Johnson similarly had more points in total than the world number one Jason Day. Woods then finished 1998 narrowly ahead of Mark O'Meara even though the latter won two major titles that year while Woods won just once on the PGA Tour. In March 1999, David Duval became world No. 1 after winning The Players Championship, his sixth victory in a twelve-month period that came before his first major victory (which would follow two years later at the Open Championship).

In 2000, Tiger Woods had an unprecedented season of success that saw him earn 948 world ranking points in a single calendar year, so many points that even had his 1999 points (which represented the previous single-season record) been totally discounted from the calculation, Woods would still have had a points average easily high enough to lead the rankings – and Woods would still have led at the end of 2001 even had he earned no further points that year. Tiger Woods dominated the No. 1 spot for the following five years, but when Vijay Singh won the PGA Championship in 2004 and with it took the No. 1 ranking, that change highlighted the fact that Woods had not won a major for over two years, and also the extraordinary success Singh had recently on tour had that had allowed him to overtake the American. Woods responded by winning the very next major, the 2005 Masters, and with it regained the No. 1 spot, which he would then retain for a further five years. Following knee surgery in the summer of 2008, Woods missed the entire second half of the year, while Pádraig Harrington won two major championships, to add to the Open Championship he won in 2007. Despite earning no further ranking points during his absence, Woods remained No. 1 on the ranking system in December 2008.

During 2010, there was much debate as to whether Woods' continued retention of the No. 1 ranking (which he held up until the end of October) was justified given his relatively poor form—Woods finished fourth in two major championships in 2010, but failed to finish in the top ten of any other events he entered. During the 2010 season, several of his rivals for the No. 1 spot - including Masters champion Phil Mickelson (who had won four majors since 2004 but had yet to reach No. 1 in the rankings), Lee Westwood (who had yet to win a major but had finished second in both the Masters and Open Championships in 2010), and then Martin Kaymer (who had won the PGA Championship among four worldwide wins)— each missed opportunities to win particular events that would have taken them above Woods, before Westwood finally became world No. 1 on October 31.

During 2011, the possession of the No. 1 ranking would be the subject of much discussion among European golf commentators as it passed from Westwood to Kaymer, back to Westwood and then in May to Luke Donald, who took No. 1 spot by defeating Westwood in a playoff for the BMW PGA Championship. Donald, in becoming the fifteenth world No. 1, also became the first ever to reach No. 1 before having won or finished runner-up in a major championship in his career. Donald's position at the top of the rankings was justified by his consistency through the rest of the 2011 season – becoming the first golfer ever to win the money title on both the European and PGA Tours in the same season.

In March 2012, Donald lost the No. 1 position to Rory McIlroy; the pair then exchanged the No. 1 position a further four times in the following two months, so the volatility of the No. 1 ranking again became a source of comment. At the end of 2012, McIlroy had opened up a clear lead at the top of the rankings, following his second major victory at the PGA Championship and emulating Donald in leading the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic. However, by the end of March 2013, a resurgent Tiger Woods had returned to the top of the rankings, after adding three PGA Tour wins in 2013 to his three victories from 2012 while McIlroy struggled with his form following equipment changes. Woods then suffered a back injury that sidelined him for the early part of 2014, and in his absence, Adam Scott, winner of the 2013 Masters, became the 17th world No. 1 on May 18, despite not winning an event in 2014 to that date; he would win the following week to secure his No. 1 position and avoid following Tom Lehman as a one-week No. 1. He held the No. 1 position until August 3, when McIlroy regained the top spot by following his Open Championship victory with another at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Following his second-place finish at the 2015 PGA Championship (that followed earlier wins at the Masters and the U.S. Open), Jordan Spieth became the 18th world No. 1 on August 16, 2015, describing it as "as good a consolation prize as I've ever had". Over the following three weeks, the No. 1 spot passed back and forth between McIlroy and Spieth, due to the way each player's average points (which were almost identical) fluctuated (as their point weightings and events played divisors changed), until, on September 20, both were overtaken by Jason Day, the 2015 PGA Championship winner, who became the 19th world No. 1 with victory in the BMW Championship, his fifth of the season. A week later, Spieth regained the No. 1 spot from Day after winning the Tour Championship (and with it, the FedEx Cup), and concluded 2015 as world No. 1, but Day's continued good form took him back to number one after winning the WGC Matchplay in March 2016.

On February 19, 2017, Dustin Johnson became the 20th player to reach number one in the rankings following his victory at the Genesis Open. He would remain number one for over a year before being overtaken in May 2018 by Justin Thomas, who had won the PGA championship and four other events in 2017. Johnson regained top spot but was overtaken again in September 2018 by Justin Rose, who had finished second at the Open and again in two FedEx Cup playoff events. Rose became the 22nd player to reach number one, and the fourth Englishman. Johnson regained the number one position from Rose but was replaced by a new number one for a third time in 2018 on October 21, when Brooks Koepka added victory in the CJ Cup to his two 2018 major titles. Koepka remained number one on the ranking at the end of 2018, even though Rose had amassed a higher total of ranking points (from more events entered). Dustin Johnson regained the number one position early in 2019 with victory at the WGC-Mexico Championship, but Koepka returned to number one when he retained his PGA Championship title in May 2019. Koepka remained number one at the end of the year, although FedEx Cup winner Rory McIlroy had, like Rose the year before, amassed more ranking points in total.

Rankings archive

Year-end world number 1 ranked golfers

Mark H. McCormack Award

Awarded to the player with the most weeks at No. 1 during calendar year and named after Mark McCormack, originator of the ranking.

Single-season total ranking points leaders

Although not recognized by any official award, these golfers have won the most World Ranking Points during the years for which the rankings have been calculated (points totals prior to 1996 are scaled to the current standard, i.e. major wins are worth 100 points):

YearPlayerPoints
1983Seve Ballesteros422
1984Tom Watson376
1985Bernhard Langer368
1986Greg Norman582
1987Seve Ballesteros
Ian Woosnam
326
1988Seve Ballesteros482
1989Greg Norman422
1990José María Olazábal466
1991Seve Ballesteros392
1992Nick Faldo596
1993Greg Norman492
1994Ernie Els554
1995Greg Norman430
1996Tom Lehman370
1997Ernie Els394
1998Mark O'Meara408
1999Tiger Woods750
2000Tiger Woods948.22
2001Tiger Woods568.11
2002Tiger Woods684.00
2003Vijay Singh550.87
2004Vijay Singh707.57
2005Tiger Woods772.44
2006Tiger Woods746.28
2007Tiger Woods689.60
2008Tiger Woods426.24
2009Tiger Woods604.54
2010Lee Westwood374.21
2011Luke Donald533.49
2012Rory McIlroy596.99
2013Tiger Woods488.25
2014Rory McIlroy567.77
2015Jordan Spieth598.49
2016Dustin Johnson454.20
2017Jordan Spieth450.43
2018Bryson DeChambeau392.43
2019Rory McIlroy496.25

Breakdown by nationality

A breakdown of the year-end top-100 by nationality.

Country20
18
20
17
20
16
20
15
20
14
20
13
20
12
20
11
20
10
20
09
20
08
20
07
20
06
20
05
20
04
20
03
20
02
20
01
20
00
19
99
19
98
19
97
19
96
19
95
19
94
19
93
19
92
19
91
19
90
19
89
19
88
19
87*
19
86*
 United States454842403840313732323134394141494748515655565856524953605855595959
 England13101213898811118911117744123345897536434
 South Africa645577686897655543333332553322343
 Australia55478691091010121112117955698788911111212987
 Japan46656546888355445997556733544581010
 Spain432243654454432523432314333344245
 South Korea34521244421232311
 Sweden3244358444766343465443234531111
 Denmark2122223223331121311111
 Italy21111223321111111
 New Zealand211111121341112233211111
 France121232121122111
 Ireland121111211111222122311231113221
 Thailand1123122122211
 Northern Ireland11222223324122111111111332222111
 Argentina112111112211234432111112111
 Scotland1112424221113325433332443443343
 Belgium1111111
 Canada11112222211112211111
 China11111
 Taiwan111111121
 Mexico1
 Germany1112221111212221121122111111111
 Austria1111111
 Netherlands1111111
 India111121122
 Venezuela11
 Wales11111121221222211111111111111
 Portugal1
 Zimbabwe1111112111112333232333
 Finland111
 Paraguay11111111
 Fiji111111111111111111111111
 Colombia1111111
 Trinidad and Tobago1
 Philippines1111
 Namibia1

A breakdown of the year-end top-100 by eligibility for the major team competitions: Ryder Cup (USA vs. Europe) and Presidents Cup (USA vs. non-European international team).

Region20
18
20
17
20
16
20
15
20
14
20
13
20
12
20
11
20
10
20
09
20
08
20
07
20
06
20
05
20
04
20
03
20
02
20
01
20
00
19
99
19
98
19
97
19
96
19
95
19
94
19
93
19
92
19
91
19
90
19
89
19
88
19
87*
19
86*
United States454842403840313732323134394141494748515655565856524953605855595959
Europe292731353435403336293030282827252325231918191820252721171820161517
International262527252825293032393936333132263027262527252424232426232425252725

*Two men tied for 100th place.
Note: The Presidents Cup was founded in 1994.

World Ranking of major championship winners

The table shows the World Rankings of the winners of each major championship in the week before their victory.

YearMasters TournamentU.S. OpenThe Open ChampionshipPGA Championship
1986 Jack Nicklaus33 Raymond Floydc.20 Greg Norman3 Bob Twayc.25
1987 Larry Mize36 Scott Simpson27 Nick Faldo46 Larry Nelson84
1988 Sandy Lyle3 Curtis Strange5 Seve Ballesteros4 Jeff Sluman71
1989 Nick Faldo5 Curtis Strange4 Mark Calcavecchia11 Payne Stewart13
1990 Nick Faldo2 Hale Irwin90 Nick Faldo2 Wayne Grady55
1991 Ian Woosnam1 Payne Stewart8 Ian Baker-Finch25 John Daly168
1992 Fred Couples1 Tom Kite22 Nick Faldo2 Nick Price15
1993 Bernhard Langer5 Lee Janzen34 Greg Norman4 Paul Azinger6
1994 José María Olazábal10 Ernie Els11 Nick Price3 Nick Price2
1995 Ben Crenshaw33 Corey Pavin9 John Daly109 Steve Elkington17
1996 Nick Faldo9 Steve Jones99 Tom Lehman13 Mark Brooks44
1997 Tiger Woods13 Ernie Els8 Justin Leonard19 Davis Love III17
1998 Mark O'Meara14 Lee Janzen42 Mark O'Meara12 Vijay Singh18
1999 José María Olazábal34 Payne Stewart13 Paul Lawrie159 Tiger Woods2
2000 Vijay Singh8 Tiger Woods1 Tiger Woods1 Tiger Woods1
2001 Tiger Woods1 Retief Goosen44 David Duval7 David Toms19
2002 Tiger Woods1 Tiger Woods1 Ernie Els3 Rich Beem73
2003 Mike Weir10 Jim Furyk10 Ben Curtis396 Shaun Micheel169
2004 Phil Mickelson8 Retief Goosen9 Todd Hamilton56 Vijay Singh3
2005 Tiger Woods2 Michael Campbell80 Tiger Woods1 Phil Mickelson4
2006 Phil Mickelson4 Geoff Ogilvy17 Tiger Woods1 Tiger Woods1
2007 Zach Johnson56 Ángel Cabrera41 Pádraig Harrington10 Tiger Woods1
2008 Trevor Immelman29 Tiger Woods1 Pádraig Harrington14 Pádraig Harrington3
2009 Ángel Cabrera69 Lucas Glover71 Stewart Cink33 Yang Yong-eun110
2010 Phil Mickelson3 Graeme McDowell37 Louis Oosthuizen54 Martin Kaymer13
2011 Charl Schwartzel29 Rory McIlroy8 Darren Clarke111 Keegan Bradley108
2012 Bubba Watson16 Webb Simpson14 Ernie Els40 Rory McIlroy3
2013 Adam Scott7 Justin Rose5 Phil Mickelson5 Jason Dufner21
2014 Bubba Watson12 Martin Kaymer28 Rory McIlroy8 Rory McIlroy1
2015 Jordan Spieth4 Jordan Spieth2 Zach Johnson25 Jason Day5
2016 Danny Willett12 Dustin Johnson6 Henrik Stenson6 Jimmy Walker48
2017 Sergio García11 Brooks Koepka22 Jordan Spieth3 Justin Thomas14
2018 Patrick Reed24 Brooks Koepka9 Francesco Molinari15 Brooks Koepka4
YearMasters TournamentPGA ChampionshipU.S. OpenThe Open Championship
2019 Tiger Woods12 Brooks Koepka3 Gary Woodland25 Shane Lowry33

Summary

EventTotalWorld
1-10
World
11-50
World
51-100
World
101-200
World
201+
Masters Tournament3418142
PGA Championship34141244
U.S. Open3415154
Open Championship341612231
All majors13663531271

World Money List

From 1996 to 2012, the International Federation of PGA Tours sanctioned a World Money List which was the total official money earned by a player on all member tours. It was computed in United States dollars. The yearly leaders are listed below.

YearPlayerEventsEarnings ($)
2012Rory McIlroy2410,961,511
2011Luke Donald279,371,748
2010Luke Donald285,867,601
2009Tiger Woods1910,948,054
2008Sergio García266,979,959
2007Tiger Woods1711,002,706
2006Tiger Woods1911,141,827
2005Tiger Woods2311,515,939
2004Vijay Singh3211,104,892
2003Vijay Singh287,639,461
2002Tiger Woods217,392,188
2001Tiger Woods216,213,229
2000Tiger Woods229,501,387
1999Tiger Woods236,981,836
1998David Duval242,680,489
1997Tiger Woods222,082,381
1996Masashi Ozaki211,944,034

See also

Notes and references

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