SYSTEM CRITERIA

1.1 R&A Rules Limited / The R&A and the United States Golf Association ® / USGA ®

R&A Rules Limited / The R&A is a private limited company (company number SC247046) having its registered address at Beach House, Golf Place, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9JA, Scotland.

The United States Golf Association / USGA is a U.S. non-profit corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware with an office and place of business at 77 Liberty Corner Road, Liberty Corner, NJ 07938.

Together The R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards Rules, the World Handicap System and the World Amateur Golf Ranking ®.

1.2 World Amateur Golf Ranking System

The World Amateur Golf Ranking / WAGR ®, which comprises a women’s ranking (WWAGR) and a men’s ranking (MWAGR) for Elite amateur players, is offered by The R&A and the USGA as a global service to golf. Through incorporation and assessment worldwide of both amateur and professional events, WAGR encourages the international development of the competitive game. WAGR endeavours to be the most comprehensive and accurate ranking in golf by effectively comparing players from around the world who may never directly compete against one another. WAGR is available to national federations and organisers of amateur and professional events and tours as a criterion for tournament field selection and for purposes of exemptions, national team selection, and orders of merit.

1.3 Mark H McCormack Medal

The WAGR Committee will determine the annual winners of the Mark H McCormack Medal, generally based on the following criteria: the highest MWAGR Ranked Player immediately following the U.S. Amateur or the European Amateur, whichever event is held later in the year, and the highest WWAGR Ranked Player immediately following the U.S. Women’s Amateur or the European Ladies’ Amateur, whichever event is held later in the year.

1.4 System Updates

The WAGR Committee reserves the right to vary or amend any of these Rules or other elements of the WAGR System at any time.

1.5 Objective

The World Amateur Golf Ranking is produced primarily as a service to golf.

1.6 Uses

If any individual organisation wishes to make use of the Rankings for its own purposes, it may do so but The R&A and/or the USGA shall not be responsible or liable in any way whatsoever for any other use of these Rankings.

1.7 Liability

Neither The R&A and/or the USGA accepts any responsibility or liability in any way whatsoever for, or makes any representations or warranties, whether express or implied with respect to, the accuracy or completeness of any of the Rankings calculated using the WAGR System and shall have no liability to any third party resulting from use of or reliance upon the WAGR System.

1.8 Licensing

The R&A and the USGA hereby grant a revocable licence to reproduce the Rankings published by the WAGR Committee from time to time under these Rules. No reproduction of the Rankings, as published by the WAGR Committee from time to time, may alter, amend, adapt, change, revise or supplement the Rankings in any manner or form.

1.9 Permissions

Any individual or organisation wishing to reproduce or otherwise make use of the Rankings in a manner that seeks to alter, amend, adapt, change, revise or supplement these Rankings in any manner or form must seek the express permission of the WAGR Committee before so reproducing or otherwise making use of the Rankings.

The definitions are listed alphabetically. Throughout the World Amateur Golf Ranking / WAGR System, whenever a word or expression is used that is defined within the following definitions, the word or expression is printed in italics. In some instances, although a definition is in the singular, it is deemed to include the plural.

Amateur Golfer

Amateur Golfer has the meaning assigned by The R&A and the USGA in the Rules of Amateur Status.

Appeals Committee

The sub-committee appointed by the WAGR Committee to review any WAGR appeals.

Counting Event

A Counting Event is a stroke play, match play, or team match play event approved by the WAGR Committee to count for WAGR. The requirements for approval of events are set out in Sections 3.2 and 4.

Counting Events List

The Counting Events Lists are the official lists of all Counting Events published by the WAGR Committee.

Divisor

One Divisor is awarded for each Counting Event played. Divisors will be aged on a sliding scale after 52 Weeks.

Elite

Within the context of WAGR, Elite refers to the highest levels of players and events. Elite events are contested with scratch or gross scores (without handicaps) and draw top players from outside a single club, county, state, province, region or country. Players who excel in such competitions would also be considered Elite.

Minimum Aged Divisor

The minimum value of the WAGR Ranking Divisor Total for women is 7 and for men is 8.

Power

Power is a weighted sum of the strengths contributed by all amateur and professional players in the starting field of a Counting Event. The WAGR Committee, at its sole discretion, may choose to assist events in developing areas by modifying the Power of an appropriate multi-national event.

Ranked Player

A player becomes a Ranked Player when the player has a finish in a position that earns at least 6.5 Ranking Points in any Counting Event excluding Team Events.

Ranking Points

Ranking Points are awarded to players in any Counting Event based on the Power calculation and finishing positions.

Rankings

See definition of WAGR below.

Rules

These Rules for the calculation of the World Amateur Golf Ranking as may be amended from time to time.

Team Match Play Participation Points

Team Match Play Participation Points will be calculated and earned by each player based on the Power. A player named to a team must compete in the event to earn these points. The number of stroke play qualifying rounds for match play team events is immaterial.

WAGR (World Amateur Golf Ranking) or the Rankings

WAGR is method of ranking the top Amateur Golfers in the world on the basis of their performance in Counting Events on a rolling cycle over the previous 104 weeks.

WAGR Committee

The WAGR Committee is a committee comprising representatives from The R&A and the USGA.

WAGR Performance

A player’s WAGR Performance determines that player’s position in WAGR and is itself calculated by applying the WAGR Technical Performance Calculation.

WAGR Ranking Divisor Total

The WAGR Ranking Divisor Total is calculated by totalling a player’s aged Divisors.

WAGR Ranking Points Total

The Ranking Points Total is calculated by totalling a player’s aged Ranking Points and aged Team Match Play Participation Points.

WAGR System

WAGR System, see 1.2, above.

WAGR Technical Performance Calculation

WAGR Performance = WAGR Ranking Points Total / WAGR Ranking Divisor Total x 100

3.1 Introduction

The WAGR System was developed in order to establish Rankings for Amateur Golfers. The Rankings are calculated in accordance with these Rules on the basis of performance in Counting Events on a rolling cycle over the previous 104 weeks.

3.2 Counting Events

3.2.1 Any Event Organiser recognised and approved by the WAGR Committee, may propose one or more events for inclusion as a Counting Event.

3.2.2 The WAGR Committee shall consider proposals for inclusion of an event as a Counting Event at any time in accordance with Section 4 (but see also 3.5.5).

3.2.3 The final selection of Counting Events shall be at the discretion of the WAGR Committee in accordance with Section 4.

3.2.4 Where the WAGR Committee decides not to approve an event as a Counting Event, it shall give written reasons as to its decision to the Event Organizer (see 5.3).

3.2.5 The R&A and USGA shall have no responsibility or liability for any listing of Counting Events failing to include the name of a sponsor of a particular Counting Event.

3.2.6 One Divisor is awarded for each Counting Event played except in team match play events.

3.2.6.1 Divisors will be aged on a sliding scale after 52 Weeks and will drop from the player’s record after 104 weeks.

3.2.6.2 The Minimum Aged Divisor value of the WAGR Ranking Divisor Total for women is 7 and for men is 8.

3.2.6.3 Newly-Ranked Players will have a Minimum Aged Divisor value instantly applied upon becoming ranked.

3.3 Allocation of Ranking Points

3.3.1 Ranking Points are points awarded to a player based on the player’s finishing position in each Counting Event and are applicable to any type or format of Event.

3.3.1.1 In the case of two or more players being tied, the points for all tied positions are pooled and distributed evenly between the players. This is particularly relevant in match play and combined events, where all players who lose in a specific round will have the same finishing position.

3.3.1.2 In the case of a two-way tie for 1 st place in a stroke play event where the winner is determined by a play-off based on additional play in accordance with the Rules of Golf, first (1 st) place points will be awarded to the winner and the loser will receive second (2 nd) place points. When three or more players tie for first (1 st) place, points for those who did not win the play-off will be awarded in accordance with 3.3.1.1 above.

3.3.1.3 In the case of a tie for the final positions in match play during qualifying in a combined event, those who were unsuccessful in moving on to match play will be awarded points in accordance with 3.3.1.1 above.

3.3.2 Where a player has a no return in, or withdraws from, a Counting Event, Ranking Points will be awarded equivalent to last place in the field and the player will receive a Divisor. If the player had successfully made the cut in Stroke Play, they will be awarded the position in the field below those players who have played in rounds after the cut and above those players who failed to make the cut. Finishing position and Ranking Points are then determined accordingly. In the case of a withdrawal due to medical circumstance, the player can appeal to have the added Divisor and Ranking Points removed by providing acceptable certified documentation.

3.3.3 For a mixed gender event, the Event Organizer must notify the WAGR staff that the event is mixed when returning results. The following guidelines for assigning Power ratings apply:

3.3.3.1 In mixed team match play events where men and women play together against each other, this is considered one event; the men’s field and women’s field are Power rated separately and the strongest Power rating will be used.

3.3.3.2 In mixed team match play events where men only play against the men and women only play against the women, this is considered two separate events, and each one is Power rated accordingly.

3.3.3.3 In mixed stroke play events where women and men play from the same tees, this is considered one event; the men’s field and women’s field are Power rated separately and the strongest Power rating will be used.

3.3.3.4 In mixed stroke play events where women and men play from different tees, this is considered two separate events, and each one is Power rated accordingly.

3.3.4 Ranking Points are aged on a sliding scale after 52 Weeks and will drop from the player’s record after 104 weeks.

3.4 Ranked Players

3.4.1 A player becomes a Ranked Player when he or she has played at least 36 holes and has a finish in a position that earns at least 6.5 Ranking Points in any Counting Event excluding team match play events.

3.4.1.1 When a player first qualifies for WAGR, the name and nationality of the player are taken from the Event Organiser’s results.

3.4.1.2 Recognising that the Event Organiser’s results are not necessarily a valid indicator of player identities, the WAGR staff will accept name and nationality changes on a one-time basis from the player only, or the player’s parent/guardian if the player is a minor. The player will be advised that this decision can not later be changed (but also see 3.4.1.4 below).

3.4.1.3 Player identity change requests will not be accepted from school or personal coaches, national federations, etc.

3.4.1.4 Thereafter, if a player wishes to change nationality in WAGR, the player must provide certification to the staff, e.g., a scanned passport. Players with multiple citizenships will be advised that they can only make this change in WAGR once, unless there is a future change to the player’s citizenship status, in which case further certification will be required.

3.4.1.5 A significant change to a player’s name, e.g., a player’s name which is completely different in another language, will require the same procedure as in 3.4.1.4 for a change.

3.4.1.6 WAGR makes no guarantee as to the correctness of any player’s indicated nationality. The WAGR indications of nationality should not be used as a sole source of eligibility for national team selection purposes or for any other official means.

3.4.1.7 When it is known by WAGR that player nationality provided in event results is incorrect, e.g., based on nationality information submitted by the player or the player’s family directly for a USGA championship entry form, WAGR may make the adjustment without requiring the player’s approval, though a courtesy notification is advised prior to the amendment.

3.4.2 If a Ranked Player does not score at least 4 Ranking Points in any single Counting Event, excluding team match play events, within the most recent 52 weeks, the status of Ranked Player will be forfeited. (All existing Ranked Players at 31 December 2019 will have until 31 December 2021 to meet this criteria requirement).

3.4.3 If a Ranked Player turns professional or loses the status of amateur, the status of Ranked Player will be forfeited. If a formerly Ranked Player is awaiting amateur reinstatement, the status of Ranked Player can only be returned once the process is completed.

3.4.4 If a player will lose the status of Ranked Player in accordance with clause 3.4.2 due to extended injury, maternity leave (no more than one year from the date of the birth), or military service (no more than one year after the last day of military assignment), the player may appeal to remain ranked following the WAGR Appeals Process (see Section 5.5.).

3.4.5 If a player has lost the status of Ranked Player in accordance with clause 3.4.2 or 3.4.3, the player’s WAGR status will start anew once the player has again fulfilled 3.4.1.

3.4.6 A Ranked Player who transitions gender in accordance with IOC protocols would need to fulfil the requirement to become a Ranked Player again within the Counting Events for their new gender. The status of Ranked Player is not portable from one set of Rankings to the other, be it men’s to women’s Rankings or vice versa.

3.5 Returning Event Results

3.5.1 Any event scheduled to conclude Monday through Sunday of a given week will count toward the WAGR update on the following Wednesday, unless it does not conclude by 12 noon GMT / BST that Wednesday. Any event scheduled to conclude on the Monday or Tuesday prior to the Wednesday update will be included in the following week’s update. The results of an event that has been rescheduled to conclude beyond 12 noon GMT / BST Wednesday will contribute to the update made on the Wednesday in the week when it actually concludes.

3.5.2 The following are acceptable methods for returning event results:

3.5.2.1 WAGR template, as an excel document;

3.5.2.2 WAGR template, as a previously agreed program extension of existing scoring software (TPP, Golf Genius/USGA Tournament Management, Golfbox, and Intelligent Golf);

3.5.2.3 Unabridged results on a website, the address of which was submitted to WAGR during event registration (beginning of calendar year);

3.5.2.4 Results in a Golfstat report; and

3.5.2.5 AJGA/Junior Golf Scoreboard results template.

3.5.3 Full field, round by round results should be submitted within 48 hours of the event’s conclusion. In any case, event results must be returned by the Tuesday following the week the event was played by 12:00 Noon GMT in order to guarantee inclusion in WAGR. Event results returned after this deadline may not be included.

3.5.4 Unconfirmed events may not be included. An unconfirmed event is one that never provided current year event dates to WAGR staff. Event confirmation does not apply to any professional event (with amateur participation) included in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) or the Rolex Rankings.

3.5.5 New events to WAGR will be considered for inclusion if the required event information is received at least two months in advance. Discretion is used for new events from existing WAGR Event Organisers, depending on the timing of the event for the intended field.

3.5.6 Events that do not return results at all will not be included and may have to reapply for inclusion in future years.

3.5.7 Events returning late/incomplete results may not be included.

3.6 Figures and Decimal Places

3.6.1 Rounding will occur when a value is being stored in the database (for subsequent display on the website or access via API endpoints) and all interim calculations will be performed to full machine precisions.

3.6.2 Any rounding will be done to the fourth decimal place. Where the fifth decimal place falls on the midpoint, the convention will be applied that we round up from that midpoint. 3.6.3 When non-integers are converted to strings, they are padded to four decimal places if necessary (e.g. 1.02 would be displayed as 1.0200).

4.1 General

A Counting Event is an event, stroke play or match play, amateur or professional, selected and approved by the WAGR Committee to count for WAGR. Counting Events must be played under the Rules of Golf, the Rules of Amateur Status, and the Equipment Standards Rules of The R&A and USGA. Holes and tee-markers must be in proper championship positions appropriate for the relative field.

4.2 Quality of Results

For events with Powers of 100 or less, the average score of the winner of a men’s event must be equal to or less than the Par plus 6 (six) strokes or in the case of women’s events, Par plus 8 (eight) strokes in order for the event to be included in WAGR. If Par is not provided, 72 will be used as the default. The maximum Par for this purpose is 75. 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.

4.3 Eligible Event Types

4.3.1 Stroke Play, including Stableford and Modified Stableford

4.3.1.1 Any Elite individual or team stroke play event, decided by gross scores or points, played over a minimum of three rounds is eligible for WAGR.

4.3.1.2 Any combined events previously approved for WAGR (36 holes + 36 holes or 36 holes + 18 holes) will still be included for now; no new events of this type will be accepted.

4.3.1.3 The minimum field size for inclusion in WAGR is 10 for men and 8 for women.

4.3.2 Individual Match Play

4.3.2.1 Any Elite individual match play event, decided by gross scores, played over a minimum of three match play rounds is eligible for WAGR. The minimum field size for inclusion in WAGR is 8 for both men and women.

4.3.2.2 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.

4.3.2.3 If the stroke play qualifying 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 event for WAGR purposes; whether the match play commences the day after the stroke play concludes or a few days later; even if separate stroke play and match play winners are declared, etc. This principle also applies to team match play events.

4.3.2.4 If the stroke play qualifying for a match play team event includes individuals not on any team, the stroke play and team match play portions will be processed as two separate events. Otherwise, the event is processed as a team match play event.

4.3.3 Team Match Play

4.3.3.1 Any Elite team match play event conducted at the national or international level, played over a minimum of three match play rounds.

4.3.3.2 The minimum team size for inclusion in WAGR is 4 players on each participating team.

4.3.3.3 The maximum team size for inclusion in WAGR is 12 players on each team.

4.3.3.4 For collegiate events, regular season events will not be eligible, only the championship finals.

4.3.4 Professional Events

4.3.4.1 Any professional event (with amateur participation) included in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) or the Rolex Rankings is eligible for WAGR.

4.3.4.2 Any professional event conducted or sanctioned by a governing body (affiliated to The R&A/USGA) or conducted by a PGA organisation, if the event meets 4.3.1 or 4.3.2 above is eligible for WAGR. To be sanctioned, the event must be listed on the governing body’s calendar, and the governing body must return the results directly to WAGR.

4.3.4.3 All professional tour qualifying tournaments (“Q-schools”) will be considered for WAGR purposes, if the event meets 4.3.1 or 4.3.2 above.

4.4 Rounds

4.4.1 Scheduled rounds must be played over 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 event from WAGR.

4.4.2 Cancellation of a round or rounds for reasons of weather, safety, etc., will not necessarily render the event “non-counting”.

4.5 Championship Flight

Non-championship flights in individual stroke play and individual match play events, including consolation flights 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 4.3.2 above.

4.6 Partner Formats

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.

4.7 Divisions

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. Stand-alone Under-16 events for juniors will not be considered for inclusion in WAGR unless they are conducted at the national level or higher; based on the terms of these competitions, it is possible that players age 16 might compete (e.g., Under-17), but the event still will not be included. 

5.1 General

5.1.1 All decisions and calculations made under the WAGR System shall be made by the WAGR administrators in the first instance.

5.1.2 All decisions shall be made in accordance with these Rules.

5.2 Appeal in Relation to a Player Ranking

5.2.1 Where a player is dissatisfied with the ranking that has been awarded, that player can request that the calculation of the ranking be reviewed. The player must make this request within 104 weeks of the event in question being played, in order for the request to be considered.

5.2.2 The Appeals Committee shall consider the original calculation of the player's ranking together with any written submissions made on behalf of the player and may write to the player requesting the provision of any further information which may assist the Appeals Committee.

5.2.3 Following review, the Appeals Committee may either:

5.2.3.1 Determine that the ranking was calculated in accordance with these Rules; or

5.2.3.2 Determine that the ranking was not calculated in accordance with these Rules and require the calculation to be undertaken again, taking account of any matters directed by the Appeals Committee;

The Appeals Committee may at any time refer any matter to the WAGR Committee for determination. Any determination of the WAGR Committee shall be final.

5.2.4 The Appeals Committee and/or WAGR Committee shall inform the player in writing of its decision, and the reasons for it, no later than 28 days after its receipt of the player's request for a review under 5.2.1 above. If the player does not agree with the decision of the Appeals Committee, the player may request a further appeal to the WAGR Committee. Any determination of the WAGR Committee shall be final.

5.2.5 Pending review by the Appeals Committee, and if necessary, the WAGR Committee, the original calculation of the player's ranking shall remain in full effect.

5.2.6 In making decisions and/or calculations under the WAGR System, the Appeals Committee and /or WAGR Committee will be relying upon data being received in respect of completed Counting Events. The R&A and USGA shall not be responsible or liable for any calculation of Rankings made on the basis of incorrect or incomplete data received from a particular Counting Event or any delay in receiving data from a Counting Event.

5.3 Appeal of Decision in Relation to Approval of an Event as a Counting Event

5.3.1 Any Event Organiser that has proposed an event for inclusion as a Counting Event and that is dissatisfied with any decision in respect of whether or not to recognize an event as a Counting Event can request to have the decision reviewed.

5.3.2 The Appeals Committee shall consider all the relevant information that was before the WAGR Committee in reaching its original decision together with any written submissions made on behalf of the Event Organiser and may write to the Event Organiser requesting the provision of any further information that may assist the Appeals Committee.

5.3.3 Following review, the Appeals Committee may either:

5.3.3.1 Uphold the original decision; or

5.3.3.2 Determine that the event will be a Counting Event.

The Appeals Committee may at any time refer any matter to the WAGR Committee for determination. Any determination of the WAGR Committee shall be final.

5.3.4 The Appeals Committee and/or WAGR Committee shall inform the Event Organiser in writing of its decision, and the reasons for it, no later than 28 days after its receipt of the request for a review under 5.3.1 above. If the Event Organizer does not agree with the decision of the Appeals Committee, the Event Organizer may request a further appeal to the WAGR Committee. Any determination of the WAGR Committee shall be final.

5.3.5 Pending review by the Appeals Committee, and if necessary, the WAGR Committee, the original decision shall remain in full effect.

5.4 Appeal of Counting Event Power Calculation

5.4.1 Where an Event Organiser of a Counting Event is dissatisfied with the Power the Counting Event has been awarded, the Event Organiser can request that the calculation of the Power be reviewed.

5.4.2 The Appeals Committee shall consider the original calculation of the Power together with any written submissions made on behalf of the Event Organiser and may write to the Event Organiser requesting the provision of any further information which may assist the Appeals Committee.

5.4.3 Following review, the Appeals Committee may either:

5.4.3.1 Determine that the Power was calculated in accordance with these Rules; or

5.4.3.2 Determine that the Power was not calculated in accordance with these Rules and require the calculation to be undertaken again, taking account of any matters directed by the Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee may at any time refer any matter to the WAGR Committee for determination. Any determination of the WAGR Committee shall be final.

5.4.4 The Appeals Committee and/or WAGR Committee shall inform the Event Organiser in writing of its decision, and the reasons for it, no later than 28 days after its receipt of the Event Organiser's request for a review under 5.4.1 above. If the Event Organizer does not agree with the decision of the Appeals Committee, the Event Organizer may request a further appeal to the WAGR Committee. Any determination of the WAGR Committee shall be final.

5.4.5 Pending review by the Appeals Committee, and if necessary, the WAGR Committee, the original calculation of the Power shall remain in full effect.

5.5 Appeal in Relation to Losing Status as a Ranked Player

5.5.1 Where a player believes that he/she should not lose status as a Ranked Player, that player can request that the matter be reviewed.

5.5.2 The Appeals Committee shall consider the matter together with any written submissions made on behalf of the player and may write to the player requesting the provision of any further information which may assist the Appeals Committee.

5.5.3 Following review, the Appeals Committee may either:

5.2.3.1 determine that the player will remain a Ranked Player, and any applicable extension period; or

5.2.3.2 determine that there is not sufficient reason for the player to remain a Ranked Player beyond the normal time limit.

The Appeals Committee may at any time refer any matter to the WAGR Committee for determination. Any determination of the WAGR Committee shall be final.

5.5.4 The Appeals Committee and/or WAGR Committee shall inform the player in writing of its decision, and the reasons for it, no later than 28 days after its receipt of the player's request for a review under 5.5.1 above. If the player does not agree with the decision of the Appeals Committee, the player may request a further appeal to the WAGR Committee. Any determination of the WAGR Committee shall be final.

5.5.5 Pending review by the Appeals Committee, and if necessary, the WAGR Committee, the original calculation of the player's ranking shall remain in full effect.