The first quack of the new world ranking?

DP World Tour flagship tournament winner Shane Lowry (pictured) scored fewer world ranking points than eventual winner of the Fortinet Championship, the PGA Tour’s season opener this week in Napa, California, yet little courted by the best players in the world.

With a field of players in which there were however 4 of the world’s top 11 and 5 of the 15 best players in the world, and beyond the prestige it represents, victory at the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth is not as “rewarding” in world points than a success this Sunday in the relative anonymity of the Silverado Resort in Napa.

Why ?

Well because the “Strengh of Field”, in other words the quality of the field of players of the opening tournament of the new season of the PGA Tour is, according to the new system of calculation of the World Ranking (Official World Golf Ranking), better .

The winner on the PGA Tour will therefore receive 40 points while Lowry only received 38!

The “rating” of the players

This is 18% of the total value of the tournament calculated by adding the “Strokes Gain World Rating” of each player present at the start.

This SG World Rating of a player is based on his scores for 2 years.

Thus the PGA Tour tournament in which there are only a few well-known names (Homa, Mastsuyama, Simpson, Kuchar, Woodland, Fowler) is better rated than the emblematic European Tour tournament with its stars, but also its share much less well-referenced players on the European Tour.

We therefore cannot help thinking that the new World Ranking system already shows some limits, since it is obvious that the victory at Wentworth appears to us to be devalued.

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