Frequently Asked Questions
WAGR coverage includes more than 10,000 players from 102 countries, and more than 4,000 ranking tournaments played in 104 countries.

In order to become a WAGR Ranked Player, a player must achieve a finish position earning at least 6.5 ranking points in an event; excluding team match play events.

WAGR is updated on a Wednesday at noon (GMT/BST).

The previous rounds-based system was found to be confusing by many as often the impact of ranking points earned by players in the ranking system would be disproportionate due to the differing number of rounds/divisors.

WAGR covers a rolling 104 weeks, although as a result of Covid-19 some events may remain on a player’s record for longer than this (see below).

Ageing better reflects a player’s current form. Points and divisors from events within the most recent 52 weeks of a player’s record will count at full value. From there, event points and divisors will reduce proportionately, approximately two percent, per week before they drop out after 104 weeks. This period may be extended for some events as a result of the changes due to Covid-19 (see below).

Events prior to 2020 Week 14 will remain on a player’s record 13 weeks longer than normal and will be aged once they are 65 weeks old. Events played during the pause will effectively be aged along with 2020 Week 27 events.

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.

When WAGR updates every Wednesday, it includes events that finished by Sunday from the preceding week. Events finishing after Sunday will be included in the appropriate subsequent week. Players should encourage event organisers to return event results as soon as the competition concludes.

In order to remain a WAGR Ranked Player, a player must earn at least 4 ranking points in an event in the most recent 52-week period. All players who were Ranked as of 31 December 2019 will be given until 31 December 2021 to achieve this standard. A player that has turned professional or lost their amateur status will be removed from WAGR. 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 does a player become a WAGR Ranked Player?”).

For most players, a good finish in any WAGR® event will be beneficial to their points average and where it places within the ranking. The key principle is to earn the same or more points than the current points average. If a player’s finishing place in an event earns fewer points than their points average, their total points average will decrease. This decrease may cause a fall in their ranking position.

A Counting Event is an elite 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. See Section 4 of the WAGR Criteria.

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

The Power of events in WAGR® is determined based on the ranking of all the players who make up the field. This includes any professionals who are participating in the competitions. For professionals, their ranking in OWGR or the Rolex Ranking is used. Unranked professional players are assigned a contributing value below the lowest ranked player in the applicable ranking.

Within WAGR®, the strength of an event is expressed as a Power with values starting around 10. Events with only amateur players will not have a Power exceeding 1000. Events with professionals have Powers starting around 15, but can extend past 1000 and go up to the high 3000s, depending on how many top-ranked players from each ranking are participating. Generally, this will only happen in majors and with the very strongest tours.

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.

The following table is provided as a guide to understanding how many points are available in events of various Powers. Except for the last row, a field size of 100 is used to demonstrate the various points on offer based on Power and finish position.

 

Finish Position

Power

1st

2nd

5th

10th

50th

100th

1000

25.0000

19.7510

14.4641

11.4272

6.6114

5.2232

900

23.2500

18.3685

13.4516

10.6273

6.1486

4.8576

800

21.5000

16.9859

12.4391

9.8274

5.6858

4.4920

700

19.7500

15.6033

11.4266

9.0275

5.2230

4.1264

600

18.0000

14.2207

10.4141

8.2276

4.7602

3.7607

500

16.2500

12.8382

9.4016

7.4277

4.2974

3.3951

400

14.5000

11.4556

8.3892

6.6278

3.8346

3.0295

300

12.7500

10.0730

7.3767

5.8279

3.3718

2.6639

200

11.0000

8.6905

6.3642

5.0280

2.9090

2.2982

100

9.2500

7.3079

5.3517

4.2281

2.4462

1.9326

20

7.8500

6.2018

4.5417

3.5881

2.0760

1.6401

10*

7.6750

6.0636

4.4405

3.5082

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* Field size 10

 

Points are allocated to every finishing position in an event. The allocation is dependent on the Power and field size of the event. Only ranked players have these points included within their WAGR ranking.

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

Players who play on teams in events conducted at the national or international level, played over a minimum of three (3) rounds and approved by WAGR receive points without an associated divisor. The participation points earned by each will be determined by the event's Power. A player named to or within a team must compete in the event to earn these points. Team size for inclusion is a minimum of four (4) players on each participating team and a maximum of 12 players on each team.

 

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.

A player who has not met the minimum divisor of seven for women or eight for men, will almost always improve their ranking position with any points gained. The other exception is team match play events where only participation points are earned, as there is no associated divisor with such events.

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. See also Section 5 of the WAGR Criteria.

WAGR position is determined ranking the values obtained by applying the WAGR Technical Performance formula as follows:

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

The WAGR Points Total is calculated by totaling a player's full value Ranking Points, aged Ranking Points, and Team Match Participation Points.

Results processed prior to the change-over in January 2020 had the average points earned for an event become the ranking points under the Power Method while each event has one divisor. Team match play participation points continue to not have a divisor, but due to moving away from a round-based system to an event-based system, they were reduced to 35% of their pre-conversion value in order to produce an equitable result.

Each event organiser makes their own determination on utilising WAGR as the basis of exemptions. Neither The R&A nor USGA plan any reduction to the exemptions offered based on WAGR, but we are pleased to report that several additional event organisers are considering starting to use WAGR due to the adoption of the Power Method. A list of exemptions is available on the WAGR website.

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