Power Method FAQs
Starting with the Week 1 revision in January of 2020.

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.

Yes, but ageing will be applied to results over 52 weeks old.

Ageing will be introduced as part of the Power Method to better reflect players’ 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.

By replacing the eight event categories with a more granular strength of field-based Power value, ranking points can be more equitably allocated between events.

No, events will now stand on their own merits to determine the ranking points allocated to them based on their Power.

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 1,000, while the highest Power of a professional event could reach 3,000. Unranked players will be assigned a contributing value below the lowest ranked player in the applicable rankings.

Each event, excluding team match play, will have one 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 in the calculation.

The new minimum divisors will be seven (7) for women and eight (8) for men; the difference reflecting the availability of events. Due to the ageing of points and divisors under the Power Method, unlike the previous system, minimum divisors will be the same for both newly ranked and established players.

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

No, Ranking Scratch Scores are not a component of the Power Method for the calculation of points. Ranking points are determined by the event Power and players’ finishing positions. However, the maximum RSS will continue to be the standard a winner’s average score cannot exceed for the event to be accepted by WAGR®. As previously, the maximum allowed RSS is par plus six strokes.

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.

In order to become a WAGR® Ranked Player under the Power Method, a player must achieve a finish position earning at least 6.5 ranking points in an event; excluding team match play events. It is easier to meet this standard than the one used under the previous system and hence it will be easier for a player to become ranked.

In order to remain a WAGR® Ranked Player under the Power Method, a player must earn at least 4 ranking points in an event in the most recent 52-week period. It is harder to meet this standard than the one used under the previous system; which solely required playing in a WAGR® counting event within the last 52 weeks and scoring points within the last 104 weeks. All players who are Ranked as of 31 December 2019 will be given until 31 December 2020 to achieve the new standard.

Yes, this is likely to change the ranking of players. Our studies show the approach being used to convert pre-transition results will help limit the movement of player rankings, but since ageing and a new divisor scheme will also be applied at the same time there will be movement.

Yes, players who play on teams in events conducted at the national or international level, played over a minimum of three rounds and approved by WAGR® will continue to receive points without an associated divisor. The participation points earned by each player 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. As previously the minimum team size for inclusion is four (4) players on each participating team and the maximum is 12 players on each team.

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.

Yes, the minimum field sizes will remain the same under the Power Method – ten (10) for men’s stroke play events and eight (8) for women’s stroke play events and all match play events.

Not at this time, however reporting forms may soon be updated.

Yes, Stableford events of at least 54 holes are eligible to be submitted for consideration. Additionally, event organisers are encouraged to suggest other formats for consideration in the future.