Frequently Asked Questions
WAGRTM coverage includes more than 10,000 players from 102 countries, and more than 4,000 ranking tournaments played in 104 countries.
The WAGRTM 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 104 weeks.
Rather than being based on certain calendar years, WAGRTM incorporates the last 104 weeks.
No. While some ranking systems make adjustments to weight recent play more heavily, WAGRTM weights every performance over the past 104 weeks equally.
WAGRTM listing will be updated every Wednesday at 12pm GMT (London time).
The results of Counting Events are gathered from a number of sources. As a preferred method, event organisers and national federations are asked to directly provide results immediately following the conclusion of their events. Should the WAGRTM staff need to contact an event organiser for clarification, a reply must be received by the deadline or the event will not be included in WAGRTM. Where results are sourced from the internet they will be verified against the results provided by the event organiser or national federation if submitted by the deadline. Where necessary any amendments to the WAGRTM system are made at that time.
The results of Counting Events are used for the calculation of WAGRTM which is made available on this website and in other publications.
When WAGRTM updates every Wednesday, it includes events that finished by Sunday from the week before. So, if an event finished on the Monday or Tuesday in between, those results will be recorded in WAGRTM for the following week. Event organisers have a limited amount of time to return results in order for them to be included in WAGRTM . This will ensure that WAGRTM remains accurate. Players should encourage event organisers to return event results as soon as the competition concludes.

To become a Ranked Player, a player must fulfill one of the following:

AMATEUR EVENTS

Stroke Play

1. Make the cut in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (MWAGR), or International European Amateur Championships (MWAGR and WWAGR), or finish in the top 64 & ties in the World Amateur Team Championships (MWAGR and WWAGR).
2. Finish in the top 40 & ties in a Category A Event.
3. Finish in the top 20 & ties in a Category B Event.
4. Finish in the top 10 & ties in a Category C Event.
5. Finish in the top 6 & ties in a Category D Event.
6. Finish in the top 4 & ties in a Category E Event.
7. Finish in the top 2 & ties in a Category F Event.
8. Finish in the top 1 & ties in a Category G Event.

Match Play

9. (see 17 below)
10. Win in the last 64 in a Category A Event (32 players).
11. Win in the last 32 in a Category B Event (16 players).
12. Win in the last 16 in a Category C Event (8 players).
13. Win in the last 8 in a Category D Event (4 players).
14. Win in the last 8 in a Category E Event (4 players).
15. Win in the last 4 in a Category F Event (2 players).
16. Win in the last 4 in a Category G Event (2 players).

Combination of Stroke Play & Match Play

For the match play portion, see 9-16 above. For the stroke play portion:

17. Finish on the qualifying score in The Amateur, U.S. Amateur, Ladies’ British Open Amateur, or U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships.
18. Finish in the top 10 & ties in a Category A Event.
19. Finish in the top 6 & ties in a Category B Event.
20. Finish in the top 5 & ties in a Category C Event.
21. Finish in the top 4 & ties in a Category D Event.
22. Finish in the top 3 & ties in a Category E Event.
23. Finish in the top 2 & ties in a Category F Event.
24. Finish in the top 1 & ties in a Category G Event.

Note 1: Only players making the final cut can become ranked.

Note 2: Amateur events with starting fields of fewer than 48 players will have 50% of Appendix 1 applied. A fraction from such a calculation will be rounded to the nearest whole number.

Note 3: If less than 36 holes are played for any reason (e.g., poor weather), no new players will become ranked.

Note 4: In the case of a tie for 1st place in a stroke play event, the winner of an actual play-off will be designated as the winner (play-offs are not recognised in U.S. Collegiate events). For all other ties, including a tie for 1st settled in any other manner (e.g., score card countback), score will be used to determine players who become ranked based on place finish.

PROFESSIONAL EVENTS

Players can also become ranked due to participation and finishes in professional events included in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and the Rolex Rankings, and in certain professional events conducted by a governing body (affiliated to The R&A/USGA).

A player will be removed from WAGR if:

- The player has turned professional or lost amateur status
- The player has not competed in a Counting Event in the last 52 weeks
- The player has not earned WAGR points in a Counting Event in the last 104 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 WAGRTM Ranked Player?”).

A Counting Event is an event, stroke play or match play, amateur or professional, selected and approved by the Committee to count for WAGRTM . 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 the Maximum RSS in order for the event to be included in WAGRTM. 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:

  1.  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 WAGRTM is 10 for men and 8 for women.
  2. 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 WAGRTMis 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 WAGRTMpurposes (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.
  3. 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 WAGRTM is 4 players on each participating team. The maximum team size for inclusion in WAGRTM is 12 players on each team.For collegiate events, regular season events will not be eligible, only the championship finals.
  4. 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 WAGRTM. 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 WAGRTM.

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 WAGRTM. 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 WAGRTM. Three-ball match play events are not included in WAGRTM. 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 WAGRTM. For WAGRTM purposes, the player with the best score across these included divisions will be the winner of the event. Under 16 events will not be included in WAGRTM.

Note 6: Any event offering a purse will be considered a professional event for WAGRTM purposes.

Note 7: High school events worldwide will not be included in WAGRTM. For example, in the USA, this is usually grades 9-12, that is, the four years before entering college.

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 wagr@randa.orgor wagr@usga.org.

All Junior, Public Links, Mid-Amateur, and Senior events are included in WAGRTM 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 WAGRTM results. All events are included whether open to any entrant or a closed invitation. All elite level events should be submitted if they meet WAGRTM criteria, even though they may not meet your national Order of Merit criteria.

If there are any questions in regards to which events to include in WAGRTM, please contact wagr@randa.org or wagr@usga.org.

(a) In stroke play, Counting Rounds are all rounds played in a Counting Event

(b) In match play, Counting Rounds are specified rounds in a match play Counting Event.

A Counting Score is a gross stroke play score recorded by a Ranked Player in a round of a Counting Event.

The RSS is the calculated standard used to convert a player’s Counting Scores to Stroke Play Ranking Points.

In amateur events:

The RSS for a Counting Round is calculated by use of the formula (a) / (b), where (a) is the sum total of the scores of the leading (b) players in the round, with (b) representing the total number of WAGRTM Ranked Players in the round.

For starting fields of fewer than 48 players, 50% of the scores normally used to calculate the RSS are applied.

If fewer than three Ranked Players play a Counting Round, the RSS for that round will be the average of the lowest three scores.

In this example, there are 5 WAGRTMRanked players in the field on the first day of an event; (b) = 5 
The lowest 5 scores that day from the entire field (not necessarily WAGRTM Ranked players) are 68, 69, 70, 71, 72; (a) = 68 + 69 + 70 + 71 + 72 = 350; RSS = (a) / (b) = 350 / 5 = 70

Note: In multiple course events, the RSS is calculated by round, not by course

The maximum RSS is par plus 6. If par is not provided, 72 will be used as the default. The maximum par for RSS purposes is 75. If a competition is played over more than one course, and the courses have different pars, the average of those pars will be used for RSS purposes.

For professional events included in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and Rolex Rankings:

The RSS is determined by the average score of all players in each round. If this calculation results in a figure less than par, then par will be used as the RSS. If this calculation results in a figure higher than par, the higher figure will be used as the RSS in order to protect against rounds that may experience severe weather.

For professional events not included in OWGR or the Rolex Rankings:

The RSS will be calculated for each round using only the scores of the players who competed in the final round. In addition, only scores that are within 6 strokes of par will be included in this calculation of the average daily score.

Stroke Play Ranking Points are points awarded to a player on the basis of the player’s performance in each stroke play Counting Round. 

A player receives 1 (one) Divisor for each stroke play round played.

The number of Stroke Play Ranking Points is calculated by applying the following formula:

RSS – score + 8 = Stroke Play Ranking Points

If the resultant value is negative, zero points are awarded.

Note: Stroke Play Ranking Points are allocated per round, not for total score or place finish.

In this example, the RSS is 70.

Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total
Player's stroke play scores 68 70  66 74 -
Player's stroke play ranking points 10 8 12 4 34
Divisor 1 1 1 1 4

Each Counting Event has a position on the Event Rating Table based on the strength of its starting field using the number of WAGRTM Ranked players and their positions in the WAGRTM Top 1500 (Men) & 1250 (Women). These players contribute rating points that are totalled to determine the category of the event.

Counting Events are divided into eight Counting Event Categories:

The Elite Events are the NCAA Division I, The Amateur, International European Amateur, U.S. Amateur, World Amateur Team, and Asia-Pacific Amateur Championships (MWAGR), and the NCAA Division I Women’s, Ladies’ British Open Amateur, International European Ladies’ Amateur, U.S. Women’s Amateur, and Women’s World Amateur Team Championships (WWAGR) and Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (WWAGR).

A Category A Event is a Counting Event ranked 1-50 in any given week based on WAGRTM Event Rating. The Curtis Cup and Walker Cup will always receive an A rating.

A Category B Event is a Counting Event ranked 51-150 in any given week based on WAGRTM Event Rating, The Queen Sirikit Cup, Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy, St Andrews Trophy, Vagliano Trophy, and Palmer Cup will always receive a B rating unless they earn an A rating.

A Category C Event is a Counting Event ranked 151-275 in any given week based on WAGRTM Event Rating. 

A Category D Event is a Counting Event ranked 276-425 in any given week based on WAGRTM Event Rating. 

A Category E Event is a Counting Event ranked 426-600 in any given week based on WAGRTM Event Rating.

A Category F Event is a Counting Event ranked 601 and higher in any given week based on WAGRTM Event Rating.

A Category G Event is any remaining Counting Event without any WAGRTM Event Rating Points.

Stroke play Bonus Ranking Points are comprised of:

  1. Bonus points for finishing position 
  2. Bonus points for participation (some professional events only)
  3. Bonus points for making the final cut (some professional events only)

Bonus Ranking Points are awarded to players in stroke play Counting Events in accordance with the tables and summaries below, and will be adjusted as follows:

  1. If 72 holes (or more) are played for the event, players will receive 100% of finishing position bonus points
  2. If 54-71 holes are played for the event, players will receive 75% of finishing position bonus points
  3. If 36-53 holes are played for the event, players will receive 50% of finishing position bonus points
  4. If less than 36 holes are played for the event, finishing position bonus points will not be awarded

Note 1: The figures above are based on actual holes played, not holes scheduled to be played. Bonus points for participation will be awarded at 100% no matter how many holes are played. Bonus points for making the cut will be awarded at 100% unless no cut is ultimately made.

Note 2: Bonus ranking points are not applied to stroke play qualifying in match play events.

Note 3: For fields with fewer than 48 players, 50% of stroke play bonus points will be awarded.

In the case of a tie for 1stplace in a stroke play event, the winner of an actual play-off will receive first place bonus points for finishing position (play-offs are not recognised in U.S. Collegiate events). For all other ties, including a tie for 1stsettled in any other manner (e.g., score card countback), points for any tied position will be totalled and divided by the number of players who are tied.

Example:

3 players tie for 2nd in a Category B event (72 holes): 

12 + 6 + 3 = 21 / 3 = 7 points each 

AMATEUR EVENTS

Counting Events that are Elite category: the Asia-Pacific Amateur, World Amateur Team, and International European Amateur Championships (MWAGR), the International European Ladies' Amateur and Women’s World Amateur Team Championships (WWAGR).

 Winner
48 points
 2nd Player
  36 points 
3rd Player
18 points 
4th Player
12 points 
 5th Player
  6 points
 6th Player
  3 points
Counting Events that are Category A:
1 - 36 points 2 - 18 points 3 - 12 points 4 - 6 points 5 - 3 points 6 - 1 point
Counting Events that are Category B:
1 - 18 points 2 - 12 points 3 - 6 points 4 - 3 points 5 - 1 point
Counting Events that are Category C:
1 - 12 points 2 - 6 points 3 - 3 points 4 - 1 point
Counting Events that are Category D:
1 - 6 points 2 - 3 points 3 - 1 point
Counting Events that are Category E:
1 - 3 points 2 - 1 point
Counting Events that are Category F:
1 - 2 points 2 - 1 point
Counting Events that are Category G:
1 - 1 point

In this example, the event was Category B and the player finished 3rd.

  Rd 1  Rd 2  Rd 3  Rd 4  Sub-Total  Bonus  Total 
Player's stroke play scores
 68  70  66  74  -  -  -
Player's stroke play ranking points
 10  8  12  4  34  -  -
Bonus Points
 -  -  -  -  -  6 40
Divisor   1  1  1  1  4  -  4

PROFESSIONAL EVENTS

Bonus Ranking Points are also awarded for top finishes in professional events, and for participation and making the final cut in certain professional events.

Match Play Ranking Points are awarded for winning matches in specified rounds of match play Counting Events in accordance with the tables below.

The category of a match play event is determined by its starting field, if the event begins with (a) match play or (b) a minimum of 36 holes of stroke play qualifying. If there are 18 holes of stroke play qualifying, the category of a match play event is determined by the players advancing to the championship match play flight.

Stroke play qualifying for match play events will also be included in the results for that event if played over a minimum of 36 holes.

Points will be allocated using the below table:

 

 

Winner

Runner-up

Semi-finalist

Quarter-finalist

Round of 16

Round of 32

1st Round Loss

Elite

23

21

19

17

15

13

8

A

21

19

17

15

13

11

8

B

19

17

15

13

11

9

8

C

17

15

13

11

9

8

8

D

15

13

11

9

8

7

7

E

13

11

9

8

7

6

6

F

11

9

8

7

6

5

5

G

9

8

7

6

5

4

4

 

To determine points awarded in any event, go to the column that indicates the player’s finishing position, and multiply that figure by the number of rounds played.  The “1st Round Loss” column is used even if the event has fewer than 6 rounds.

 

Example 1:

 

Category A event with 6 rounds:

 

  • Winner gets 21 points * 6 rounds played = 126 points and 6 divisors

     

  • Runner-up gets 19 points * 6 rounds played = 114 points and 6 divisors

     

  • Semi-finalist gets 17 points * 5 rounds played = 85 points and 5 divisors

     

  • Quarterfinalist gets 15 points * 4 rounds played = 60 points and 4 divisors

     

  • Player who loses in the third round (Round of 16) gets 13 points * 3 rounds played = 39 points and 3 divisors

     

  • Player who loses in the second round (Round of 32) gets 11 points * 2 rounds played = 22 points and 2 divisors

     

  • Player who loses in the first round (Round of 64) gets 8 points * 1 round played = 8 points and 1 divisor

 

 

Example 2:

 

Category F event with 4 rounds (starts at Round of 16):

 

  • Winner gets 11 points * 4 rounds played = 44 points and 4 divisors

     

  • Runner-up gets 9 points * 4 rounds played = 36 points and 4 divisors

     

  • Semi-finalist gets 8 points * 3 rounds played = 24 points and 3 divisors

     

  • Quarterfinalist gets 7 points * 2 rounds = 14 points and 2 divisors

     

  • Player who loses in the first round (Round of 16) gets 5 points * 1 = 5 points and 1 divisor

 

Team Match Play Participation Points will be earned in accordance with the chart below. Divisors are not awarded.

Category Participation
Elite 8
A 7
B 6
C 5
D 4
E 3
F 2
G 1

Players must play in the event in order to receive the points indicated above. A player who is selected to a team, but who ultimately does not compete, would not be eligible to receive points.

The Divisor is calculated by adding the number of stroke play Counting Rounds to the number of match play Counting Rounds.

The minimum value of the divisor is 48 for women and 54 for men, but there is no maximum value.

Note: Newly ranked female players will have a minimum value of the Divisor of 24 for their first 52 weeks in the ranking. Thereafter, the minimum value of the Divisor will increase by 0.5/week until reaching 48. Newly ranked male players will have a minimum value of the Divisor of 28 for their first 52 weeks in the ranking. Thereafter, the minimum value of the Divisor will increase by 0.5/week until reaching 54.

Divisors will only be added for actual rounds played. If a player misses a cut, no further Divisors will be added. However, if a player withdraws or is disqualified during a round, one additional Divisor will be added.

In this example:

SP Rounds MP Rounds Total
Divisor 4 4 8

In the case of a withdrawal due to medical circumstance, the player can appeal the added Divisor by providing certified documentation to wagr@randa.org or wagr@usga.org.

WAGRTM position is determined by applying the WAGRTM Technical Performance formula as follows:

WAGRTM Performance = WAGRTM Points Total / Divisor x 100

The WAGRTMPoints Total is calculated by totaling a player’s Match Play Ranking Points, Stroke Play Ranking Points, Team Match Play Participation Points, and stroke play Bonus Ranking Points.

In this example:

MP Ranking Points SP Ranking Points Bonus Points Total Previous Overall Total
Points 68 34 6 108 700 808
Divisor 4 4 8 50 58

808 / 58 x 100 = 1,393.1034 (WAGRTM Position)

Your fellow-competitor is a WAGRTM Ranked Player, whereas you are not.

In stroke play, the result of every round for every ranked player is entered into the WAGRTM system; all play is included in order to determine consistency. WAGRTM stroke play points are assessed per round, not per place finish. WAGRTM stroke play bonus points are awarded per place finish. In match play, the number of players who receive points, and the amount of points received, is determined by the category of the event.