In order become a WAGR®Ranked Player, a player must achieve a finish position earning at least 6.5 ranking points in an event.
A player will be removed from WAGR® if:
- The player has turned professional or lost their amateur status
- The player has not earned at least four (4) WAGR® ranking points in a Counting Event in the last 52 weeks
If a player has been removed from the ranking, the player must once again take steps to become ranked before WAGR® points can be earned again (see FAQ “How do I become a WAGR® Ranked Player?”).
A Counting Event is an event, stroke play, stableford or match play, amateur or professional, selected and approved by the Committee to count for WAGR® . Counting Events must be played under the Rules of Golf, the Rules of Amateur Status, and the Equipment Rules of The R&A and USGA. Holes and tee-markers must be in proper championship positions appropriate for the relative field.
The average score of the winner of an event must be equal to or less than Par plus six (6) in order for the event to be included in WAGR®. This same condition applies to the medallist of the stroke play portion of match play events and will include (1) stroke play qualifying even if fewer than 36 holes, and (2) stroke play qualifying of match play team events.
Counting Events may be:
- Any elite individual or team stroke play event, decided by gross scores, played over a minimum of three rounds. The minimum field size for inclusion in WAGR® is 10 for men and 8 for women.
- Any elite individual match play event, decided by gross scores, played over a minimum of three match play rounds. The minimum field size for inclusion in WAGR® is 8. Stroke play qualifying for a counting match play event will also be included in the results for that event if played over a minimum of 36 holes. If the stroke play event serves to provide a match play field in terms of a cut and/or seeding, the stroke play qualifying and match play will be considered a single, combined event for WAGR® purposes (1) no matter how many stroke play rounds there are, (2) whether the match play commences the day after the stroke play concludes or a few days later, (3) even if separate stroke play and match play winners are declared, etc. This principle also applies to match play team events.
- Any elite team match play event conducted at national or international level, played over a minimum of three match play rounds. The minimum team size for inclusion in WAGR® is 4 players on each participating team. The maximum team size for inclusion in WAGR® is 12 players on each team.For collegiate events, regular season events will not be eligible, only the championship finals.
- Any professional event (with amateur participation) included in the Official World Golf Ranking (men) and the Rolex Rankings (women), or conducted by a governing body (affiliated to The R&A/ USGA), if the event meets 1 or 2 above. Professional events (with amateur participation), if conducted by associations affiliated to national federations or PGA organizations, will also be included providing they meet current criteria. For example, these events must be conducted at the state/territory/equivalent level or higher; city or regional professional events will not be included.
Note 1: Scheduled rounds must be at 18 holes or the like; scheduled rounds of 9 holes will not be included in WAGR®. However, playing the same 9-hole course twice to constitute a single 18-hole round is acceptable. If a round originally scheduled for 18 holes or the like is reduced to fewer holes, this reduction in and of itself will not be a reason to exclude the round from WAGR®.
Note 2: Cancellation of a round or rounds for reasons of weather, safety, etc., will not necessarily render the event “non-counting.”
Note 3: Non-championship flights in individual stroke play and individual match play events, including consolation flights and consolation matches (e.g., a match for “3rd place”) will not be included in WAGR®. However, a player earning a spot in a non-championship flight can still earn points for stroke play qualifying in that match play event under item 2 above.
Note 4: The results of partner formats, e.g., four-ball and foursome events, are not included in WAGR®. Three-ball match play events are not included in WAGR®. However, these formats may be included in eligible match play team events.
Note 5: In the case of an event with multiple divisions (e.g. age brackets in a junior or senior event), all divisions playing from the same tees as the main flight (e.g., the same tees as the oldest age division in a junior event) will be combined and included in WAGR®. For WAGR® purposes, the player with the best score across these included divisions will be the winner of the event. U16 National Championships (conducted by a National Federation/Association or Governing Body) will be eligible to be included in WAGR®. Other Under 16 (or lower age group) Events will not be included.
Note 6: Any event offering a purse will be considered a professional event for WAGR® purposes.
The Committee will consider proposals for inclusion of new events to WAGR® at any time, as long as event dates are confirmed two months in advance of the first round of the event. The final selection of Counting Events will be at the sole discretion of the Committee. To submit a new event for consideration, please contact email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Junior, Public Links, Mid-Amateur, and Senior events are included in WAGR® as long as the event is considered elite play for that category. It is important to return these results as many international competition exemptions for these categories are based on WAGR® results. All events are included whether open to any entrant or a closed invitation. All elite level events should be submitted if they meet WAGR® criteria, even though they may not meet your national Order of Merit criteria.
The Power is determined by the current ranking positions in WAGR®, OWGR or Rolex rankings of the starting field's players. The highest possible power with only amateurs in the field is 1000, while the highest Power of a professional event could reach 3000. Unranked players will be assigned a contributing value below the lowest ranked player in the applicable rankings.
Each event, excluding team matches, will have one (1) divisor associated with the result. After 52 weeks the divisor will be aged until it drops out of the player's current ranking calculation after 104 weeks. The total of all full value and aged divisors is compared to the minimum divisor and the greater of these values will be used as the WAGR® Divisor in the calculation.
The minimum WAGR® Divisor is seven (7) for women and eight (8) for men; the difference reflecting the availability of events. The minimum WAGR® Divisor is the same for both newly ranked and established players
It is dependent on the Power of the event, size of field and the player's finishing position. The winner of an event with the lowest Power will earn around 7.5 ranking points while the winner of an event with the maximum Power for an amateur event will earn 25 ranking points.
WAGR® position is determined by applying the WAGR® Technical Performance formula as follows:
WAGR® Performance = WAGR® Points Total / WAGR® Divisor x 100
The WAGR® Points Total is calculated by totalling a player's full value Ranking Points, aged Ranking Points, and Team Match Participation Points.
Your fellow-competitor is a WAGR® Ranked Player, whereas you are not.