Tour players demand World Ranking points changes

Questions have been raised about the accuracy – or indeed the handing out of points – in the world golf rankings.

And the Players Championship two weeks ago did little to clear up any confusion.

Guido Migliozzi Guido Migliozzi holds the Kenya Open trophy (Credit: European Tour)

While Rory McIlroy was winning the Players, Guido Migliozzi was winning the Kenya Open, which only last year was a Challenge Tour event.

But it’s the placegetters in each event that have made some question how the rankings are allotted.

England’s Tommy Fleetwood, for instance, shared the Players Championship lead after 18 and 36 holes. He played in the final group at the Players and was right in the mix until he dunked one in the water at the famous 17th and finished up in a three-way tie for fifth, which earned him 16.53 world ranking points.

You can only imagine how Fleetwood would have gone had he played in Kenya.

In marked contrast, 33-year-old South African Justin Harding finished in a three-way tie for second in Kenya and moved up four spots to No 48 in the world.

And if you’ve never heard of him, you soon might.

If Harding can stay ranked in the top 50 he’ll be playing in the US Masters in a few weeks’ time.

It seems there have been enough complaints from players and their managers that after meeting with the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) board last summer, it commissioned a study by a pair of mathematicians that revealed what many already suspected about the allocation of points around the world.

It’s not that US PGA Tour events are not getting enough ranking points, it’s more that other tours are just getting too many.

And evidently it’s been like that for most of the past 20 years.

The Official World Golf Ranking tries to measure golfers from 20 tours around the world, from the PGA Tour to the Nordic Golf League.

While that may be an impossible task, many would suggest the OWGR, which began in 1986, has gotten it right…or at least close enough.

The question is whether that’s good enough.