The OWGR Governing Board has announced that the Official World Golf Ranking will be restarted on the completion of tournaments taking place in week ending June 14, 2020 (week 24).
This coincides with the scheduled resumption of play on the PGA TOUR and the Korn Ferry Tour in the United States.
The OWGR was frozen at week ending March 15, 2020 (week 11) with men’s professional tournament golf inactive worldwide since that date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From week ending June 14 2020 (week 24) the Ranking will resume as normal for all ranked players with Ranking points awarded, divisors adjusted and past points degraded on a weekly basis.
With competition on other Eligible Tours not restarting at the same time, many players will not have the opportunity to compete for ranking points until a later date. The averaging formula used in the calculation of the Ranking will help to mitigate any resulting impact, be it positive or negative to a player’s ranking.
Very unfair, can’t understand this! https://t.co/Iw0rRXkVdb
— Matt Fitzpatrick (@MattFitz94) June 3, 2020
The major championships and professional tours involved in the administration of the Ranking are acutely aware of the difficulties arising around the world from a staggered resumption of play. In light of this, these organisations have agreed, wherever possible and appropriate, to incorporate the Ranking through Week 11 as part of the qualification criteria for their events.
OWGR Board Chairman, Peter Dawson, said “The upcoming resumption of play in the United States marks the welcome beginning of the recovery of elite men’s golf from the effects of the pandemic. Many of our sport’s top players will be competing and this merits today’s announcement of the reactivation of the Ranking. The safeguards in the OWGR system alongside the continued recognition of the frozen Ranking will help players globally, and the Board will continue to monitor developments in these difficult times.”