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World Rankings calculations changed

As of this week's rankings, the Official World Golf Ranking points system will be modified to incorporate the “graduated decline” feature approved by the OWGR Governing Board at the 1999 British Open. The Governing Board delayed the change until next week in order to allow a full two-year cycle to elapse, thereby eliminating the possibility of any retroactive reduction in the value of points earned.

The change is designed to eliminate sudden dropoffs in ranking points at the first and second anniversaries of events in which players earn points. Those dropoffs often lead to substantial changes in positions on the World Ranking.

Under the graduated decline, the ranking system’s two-year period will be divided into eight 13-week segments Points earned will be reduced in value by 1/8 after each 13-week period elapses from the time points are earned. The effect is to smooth out the reduction in points weighting during the two-year period, thereby lessening the impact of the loss of points at any one time.

Another modification that becomes effective next week is a change in the way in which a player’s “minimum divisor” is calculated. Rather than a minimum of 20 events in each of the two years, the calculation will be based on a minimum of 40 events over the two-year period.

This reduces the penalty against a player who misses significant playing time due to illness or injury or who is new to the system and hasn’t completed two full years on his tour.


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