Golf at the amateur and professional levels uses ranking systems to assist in determining players who qualify or are issued invitations to participate in golf tournaments and championships throughout the world.
The Official World Golf Ranking, for professional male golfers was first introduced in 1986 and is now endorsed by the four Major Championships and the six leading professional tours which make up the International Federation of PGA Tours (PGA TOUR, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia, Sunshine Tour and Asian Tour). The Official World Golf Ranking is issued every Monday, following the completion of the previous week’s tournaments from around the world.
The first Rolex Rankings list, for professional female golfers was published on Feb 21, 2006. The concept of a unified women’s world golf rankings was agreed upon by the leaders of the five major women’s professional tours (Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA); Ladies European Tour (LET); Ladies Professional Golfers’ Association of Japan (JLPGA); Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA); and the Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG). The tours have since been joined by the Ladies Golf Union (LGU) as well. The official Rolex Rankings is issued every Monday, following the completion of the previous week’s tournaments around the world.
Since its introduction by the R&A in 2007 for men’s amateur golf, the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), now includes women’s rankings and is administered jointly by the R&A and USGA. The WAGR System ranks the top Amateur Golfers in the world on the basis of their average performance in Counting Events on a rolling cycle over the previous 52 weeks.