Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in USGA, World Amateur Team Championship | 0 comments

For those that pay close attention to the World Amateur Golf Rankings, there are some notable changes just announced, that took effect January 1st.

Here are some highlights of the notable changes:

  • Gradual switch to a two-year ranking, which will grow one week at a time.
  • Minimum divisor, or counting rounds, previously 28, will increase by 0.5 rounds each week until it reaches 54.
  • The NCAA Men’s Division I Championship will become an elite category event.
  • Maximum RSS (Ranked Scratch Score, or average score of WAGR-ranked players) is par+6. Maximum par is 75. RSS no longer rounded to whole numbers. RSS based on all players in pro events.
  • Stroke-play bonus points (bonus for finishing position, participation and making cut) will be reduced by 50 percent for field with fewer than 48 players.

“Two years was felt to be a better snapshot of a player’s record; the men’s and women’s professional rankings also use this time period,” said Stephanie Parel of USGA Rules and Competitions. “A further benefit is that there will be less fluctuation when significant (good) results are dropped after 104 weeks.”