World Ranking board contemplating points freeze

Rory McIlroy isn’t sitting around thinking about his World No.1 ranking and most likely the rest of world’s golfing elite aren’t either.

However, the team behind the all-important numbers are doing just that with multiple reports online suggesting the rankings may be frozen while the world’s golf tours are on an enforced hiatus.

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The Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) work across a rolling two-year period so with tournaments suspended and no new points coming in from tournament play each week, the older points are coming off without any new rankings points coming in.

With that in mind and a likely return to tournament play some months away, the OWGR board is looking at freezing the rankings and effectively stopping the flow of points either way.

Golf Digest first reported that “multiple sources” have said that the decision is coming soon but will need the approval of the board, which is headed by Peter Dawson, the former Chief Executive of the R&A and also the President of the International Golf Federation (IGF).

Starting in 1986 but not adopted widely until a decade later, the OWGR is now used as the primary qualifying criteria for all four majors along with The Players, World Golf Championships and as a basis for the men’s Olympic Golf Rankings.

It remains to be seen whether the freezing of the points would also mean the number of weeks at No.1 will remain as they are as of March 15th or whether they would continue to accrue.

Having overtaken Nick Faldo’s long-standing 97 week total just a few weeks ago, McIlroy currently sits in third place on the total World Rankings point all-time list at 101 weeks and a long way behind Greg Norman (331 weeks) and Tiger Woods (683 weeks).