Céline Boutier, world number four in ranking



by ANDREA GUSSONI

Céline Boutier, world number four in ranking

In the wake of her extraordinary victory in Evian, Céline Boutier made a significant leap in the Rolex rankings, the women's world ranking. The Frenchwoman thus gains eleven ranks and now occupies fourth place with an average of 6.17 points, just behind New Zealander Lydia Ko, third, but ahead of China's Ruoning Yin, winner of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

Céline Boutier, ranking

Céline Boutier also improves her own record set on March 27 when she was ranked 8th in the world just after her victory in Arizona at the Drive on Championship (LPGA Tour). A world ranking which also sees Nelly Korda, 9th in Evian, settle in the chair of n°1 in front of the South Korean Jin Young Ko.

The American had not held this rank since May 1st... Unable to cross the cut Friday evening in Haute-Savoie, Perrine Delacour remains in the top 100 but loses three places (95th). Pauline Roussin-Bouchard who passed the cut (54th), however, comes out of this same top 100.

Here she is 101st… 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 over 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 ranking 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.

Nelly Korda