Scheffler increases his lead over Jon Rahm

The only change in the 'top 10' is the promotion to eighth place of the North American Max Homa, who overtakes the Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick

by Andrea Gussoni
Scheffler increases his lead over Jon Rahm

Scottie Scheffler increases his advantage over Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy at the top of the world golf rankings after a week in which the top of the list did not participate in the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, in which the American Rickie Fowler prevailed .

Scottie Scheffler, ranking

Scheffler dominates the world list with an average of 12.16 points, compared to Rahm's 10.00 and McIlroy's 9.21, who also has a solid lead over his pursuers, the American Patrick Cantlay (7.40) and the Norwegian Victor Hovland (6.54).

The only change in the 'top 10' is the promotion to eighth place of the North American Max Homa, who overtakes the Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick. Pablo Larrazábal continues in position 56, Adrián Otaegui in 89 and Adri Arnaus leaves the 'top 100' and falls to 105.

The impetus for the creation of the Official World Golf Rankings came from the tournament committee of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, which in the eighties realized that the system it adopted, i.e. sending invitations to participate in the British Open by analyzing each tour individually, was leading to the exclusion of more and more top-level players because they split their schedules on several different tours, and by the influential sports manager Mark McCormack, who became the first chairman of the international committee overseeing the creation of the league table.

The system used to develop the rankings was developed based on that of McCormack's World Golf Rankings, which had previously been published in his World of Professional Golf Annual from 1968 to 1985, which was an unofficial ranking and was not used for other purposes such as selecting players to invite to tournaments.

The first ranking was published before the 1986 edition of The Masters. The top six players were: Bernhard Langer, Severiano Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle, Tom Watson, Mark O'Meara and Greg Norman. The top three were therefore European players, but among the top fifty thirty-one were Americans.

Over the years the method of calculating the ranking has changed a lot. Initially the ranking was calculated over a three-year period, with the current year's score multiplied by four, that of the previous year by two and that of two years before left unchanged.

The ranking was compiled with the total score and the overall points rounded to the nearest integer. All tournaments recognized by the professional tours and some of the invitational tournaments were classified into categories, ranging from "major tournaments" (where the winner received 50 points) to "other tournaments" (where the winner received a minimum of 8 points).

). In each tournament, the other classified players also received points in proportion to their placement, starting with the runner-up who received 60% of the points due to the winner.

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