Jon Rahm continues to fall in the golf rankings

McIlroy could not end his curse in the majors in the last decade with three 'bogeys' in the last four holes, but he regains second place on the world list by surpassing the American Xander Schauffele, seventh this Sunday

by Andrea Gussoni
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Jon Rahm continues to fall in the golf rankings
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The Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, second classified in the United States Open, regained his position as guard of Scottie Scheffler, number one in the world golf ranking for another week, while the also American Bryson DeChambeau, winner in Pinehurst no.2, was placed in the 'top 10'

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The exciting resolution of the third major of the season, with McIlroy's mistakes to give DeChambeau his second US Open, left Scheffler at the top despite his more than discreet performance, in which he suffered even to pass the court.

McIlroy could not end his curse in the majors in the last decade with three 'bogeys' in the last four holes, but he regains second place on the world list by surpassing the American Xander Schauffele, seventh this Sunday.

Also progressing to fourth place is the young Swede Ludvig Aberg, who in his debut at the US Open was fighting for victory the first two days, but could not maintain the pace and lost his chances of finishing twelfth alongside the Spanish Sergio García.

Aberg overtakes the American Wyundham Clark and the Norwegian Viktor Hovland, and Patrick Cantlay, third, moves into eighth place to the detriment of Jon Rahm, who drops to ninth after not being able to participate in the Open due to a foot infection.

The push 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 1980s realized that the system it adopted, i.e. sending invitations for participation in the British Open by analyzing each tour individually, was leading to the exclusion of more and more top-level players as they split their commitments across multiple different tours, and by the influential sports manager Mark McCormack, who became the first president of the international committee that oversees the creation of the rankings.

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, the previous year's score by two and the score from two years earlier left unchanged.

The ranking was drawn up with the total score and the overall points rounded to the nearest whole value. 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 placing, starting from the second place which received 60% of the points due to the winner.

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