Scottie Scheffler, consolidates the leadership


After the Charles Schwab Challenge (PGA Tour) and the KLM Open (DP World Tour), the Top 5 of the men’s world golf ranking remains unchanged with number 1 Scottie Scheffler who, thanks to third place in the USA, has increased his advantage against the Spanish Jon Rahm, always second ahead of the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, third.

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Behind them, here are Patrick Cantlay (fourth) and Xander Schauffele (fifth). While Max Homa (sixth) overtook the Norwegian Viktor Hovland (seventh).

The return to success on the PGA Tour allowed Argentine Emiliano Grillo to move up from 80th to 42nd position.

While the one on the DP World Tour allowed the Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal to leap from 70th to 53rd place.

Blue chapter, the best is always Francesco Molinari, 139/o. While Matteo Manassero, with the feat on the Challenge Tour in the Copenhagen Challenge, has approached the Top 400 moving from position number 575 to number 427.

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, i.e. sending invitations to participate in the British Open by analyzing each tour individually, was leading to the exclusion of more and more top-level players because they split their schedules on several different tours, and by the influential sports manager Mark McCormack, who became the first chairman of the international committee overseeing the creation of the league table. The system used to develop the rankings was developed based on that of McCormack’s World Golf Rankings, which had previously been published in his World of Professional Golf Annual from 1968 to 1985, which was an unofficial ranking and was not used for other 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 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, that of the previous year by two and that of two years before left unchanged. The ranking was compiled with the total score and the overall points rounded to the nearest integer. All tournaments recognized by the 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 players also received points in proportion to their placement, starting with the runner-up who received 60% of the points due to the winner.

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