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A Decade of the World Amateur Golf Ranking™

• World Amateur Golf RankingTM highlighted at 10th International Golf Conference in St Andrews.

• First trialled in the men’s game in 2004, it was launched just three years later, with women’s rankings brought in in 2011.

• Today encompasses more than 3000 counting events, ranking around 10,000  players representing 100 countries worldwide. The women’s ranking has a calendar of more than 1450 counting events and over 3100 ranked players from around 70 nations.

Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, and Lydia Ko might be some of the biggest names in golf but all four have one other thing in common – they have all topped the World Amateur Golf RankingTM (WAGR).

 

The International Golf Conference

The amateur game was highlighted at the 10th R&A International Golf Conference, which took place in St Andrews last week. Delegates were briefed about the progress being made in golf development and the success of WAGRTM.

WAGRTM ranks the top amateur golfers in the world based on their average performance in counting events on a rolling cycle over the previous 104 weeks. First trialled in the men’s game in 2004, it was launched just three years later and today encompasses more than 2500 counting events, ranking over 6800 players representing 100 countries worldwide.

In 2011, The R&A joined forces with the USGA and the women’s ranking was introduced, which now has a calendar of more than 1450 counting events and over 3100 ranked players from around 70 nations.

Hannah McCook, Andrew Bathurst and Connor Syme
Hannah McCook, Andrew Bathurst and Connor Syme

WAGRTM rankings

A player’s WAGRTM ranking allows them to compare themselves with their peers across the globe as well as giving them the opportunity to play in elite amateur events such as The R&A’s Amateur Championship and the USGA’s US Amateur Championship.

The highest-ranked players including WAGRTM No.10 Connor Syme, have on occasion been invited to play in professional events because of their achievements in the amateur game. Syme, who won the Australian Amateur Championship in 2015, played in the Joburg Open in February, an Open Qualifying Series event, because of his previous successes.

“It’s great to have such a high ranking at the minute – it’s something I have been striving for ever since I got a world ranking,” said Syme.

“Top ten was certainly a goal at the start of the season and I’m delighted with where it is at. It gets me into certain events throughout the season which is awesome.”

The leading men’s and women’s player in WAGRTM each year is presented with the Mark H McCormack Medal.

In August 2016, the USA’s Maverick McNeally won the medal, while Ireland’s Leona Maguire was presented with her prize by former WAGRTM no.1 Lydia Ko in Rio, where both women were competing at the Olympic Golf event.

The WAGRTM rankings are updated every Wednesday. You can find out more information about at WAGR.com.

Lydia Ko presents Leona Maguire with the Mark H McCormack Medal in 2016
Lydia Ko presents Leona Maguire with the Mark H McCormack Medal in 2016