Gastroenteritis apean to Jon Rahm of throne



by ANDREA GUSSONI

Gastroenteritis apean to Jon Rahm of throne

The victory of the American Scottie Scheffler in The Players tournament, considered the fifth 'big' of the season, and the withdrawal of the Spanish Jon Rahm due to gastroenteritis were the perfect storm for the exchange of positions at the head of the world ranking.

Jon Rahm, results

Now Sheffler is number 1 with an average of 10.39 points and Rahm is in second position with 9.16. The third step of the podium is for the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy with 8.89. The sixth position in The Players allows the American Max Homa to gain a place, to be sixth, to the detriment of his compatriot Xander Schauffele, who could only be nineteenth in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

The third place of the Norwegian Viktor Hovland in the fifth big one allows him to gain two positions and be ninth in the world list that closes, as far as the top 10 is concerned, the American Justin Thomas. After Rahm and as far as Latino players are concerned, the Chilean Joaquín Niemann loses one place and is twenty-sixth; the Mexican Abraham Ancer loses two until the 30th and the also Chilean Mito Pereira, one to be the 50th.

The Spaniards present in the top100 are: Adrián Otaegui (83), Pablo Larrazábal (92) and Adri Arnaus (93). The winners of the three individual tournaments of the World Golf Championships series generally receive between 70 and 78 points.

The winner of most PGA Tour tournaments is awarded anywhere from 24 to around 70 points, while PGA European Tour tournaments award the winner between 24 and around 50 points. Before 2007 half of these points were officially awarded, which were initially doubled to make a weighted statistic.

For example, victory in a major tournament gave the player 50 points, which were initially given double weight, so that the total calculation was 100. This system, which could be confusing and had no apparent advantages, was abandoned halfway through.

of 2007. Tournaments whose course is reduced to 54 holes in progress due to bad weather conditions or for other reasons still assign the full score, but if instead the course is reduced to 36 holes the points assigned are reduced by 25% .

Each player's ranking is calculated on the basis of the points he has earned in the previous two years. First the points he's earned in all the tournaments he's played are sorted in chronological order. A score is calculated at its full value for 13 weeks from its achievement; from that moment on it is scaled down in percentage terms every week for the following two years, in order to favor the most recent results.

The resulting point averages for each player are then sorted in descending order to produce the final standings. This means that the player who has achieved the most victories overall is not necessarily at the top of the rankings: the average results count and some players play considerably more tournaments than others.

Players who participate as permanent members of one of the major tours (that is, almost all of the top two or three hundred in the rankings) usually play between 20 and 35 official tournaments a year, barring injuries. The ranking is published every Monday.

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