Jon Rahm wins at Kapalua and gets nowhere in the Official World Golf Ranking


To update: The Official World Golf Ranking has responded to @Nosferatu’s claim that it no longer counts leap weeks. It attributed the week 53 lockout to a “technical anomaly”, but added that the error had no effect on rankings and that previous leap weeks were in fact counted as duplications of the previous week.

Please note that in its 38-year history OWGR has never calculated a Week 53 ranking. Where a Week 53 has occurred, the Week 52 ranking is duplicated with no calculation taking place. Week 53 has been omitted from the website due to a technical anomaly, and Week 52 leaderboard data will be applied to Week 53 player records in due course. Again, its absence had no effect on the leaderboard.”

Jon Rahm has spoken out about his complaint about the new Official World Golf Ranking.

After winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions, Rahm couldn’t resist giving the new system another try. Asked on Sunday night in Kapalua if he wants to win back world No. 1 now, Rahm nodded: “Oh, I sure do.”

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He added: “And if they hadn’t changed the world ranking points I would have been damn close by now.”


“At the moment I’m thinking: will I pass Patrick Cantlay?” continued Rahm. “Because I haven’t missed a top since the play-offs [8]. I’ve won three times and I’m not even close to him. So I’m trying to understand what’s going on.”

Well, Rahm was probably more confused when he woke up Monday morning to see his two-shot victory in a packed field take him from No. 5 to… No. 5. In other words, it didn’t move at all.

Neither did Collin Morikawa, as the number two of the TOC remained at number 11.

How come? According to Twitter’s OWGR guru, Nosferatu, the new OWGR formula stopped counting leap weeks after 37 years. As Nosferatu also points out, Tiger Woods’ record of 683 weeks at No. 1 included a few leap years, while Rory McIlroy gets no credit as No. 1 for the now-deleted leap week, which would have been week 53 of 2022. .

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Counting leap weeks, Nosferatu wrote, ‘so it should be, for it is the natural calendar. To suddenly pretend that week does not exist is just stupid.”

(See above for clarification of the OWGR.)

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According to Rahm, his recent play — three wins and a second-place finish in his last six starts — which saw him finish just fifth in the OWGR is just as dumb.

“In my mind, I feel like I’ve been the best player in the world since August, I feel, and I think many of us should often feel like we’re the best,” said Rahm. “It was clear earlier in the year that Scottie was that player, then Rory was that player, and I feel like it’s been me now. Anyone can get a hot three, four months every year and get to that place. It is the level of golf we’re at these days it is what it is it’s very hard to stay above that and it takes a lot of golf to do it.

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“But we all work hard. I know that everyone is doing everything they can to stay there as long as possible. But to answer that, yes, I want to be there again because of course it’s something you want to do. But you have to play well and win tournaments, nobody wants that for you.”

Especially the new OWGR apparently.