Women's World Golf Rankings

How the Rolex Rankings Work

Annika Sorenstam with the trophy after winning the 2001 Kraft Nabisco Championship
Annika Sorenstam was No. 1 in the first-ever women's world golf rankings. Scott Halleran/Getty Images

The women's world golf rankings - more formally known as the Rolex Rankings, after their title sponsor - rank the golfers who play on the top women's professional golf tours around the world. They are calculated and published weekly.

To view the current rankings, visit the Rolex Rankings official Web site, or the stats section on LPGA.com.

A little bit about the women's world golf rankings:

When did the women's world golf rankings debut?

The first, official women's world golf rankings, the Rolex Rankings, debuted on Feb. 21, 2006.

Who was No. 1 in the first women's world golf rankings?

The first women's world ranking list from early 2006 included 539 golfers. Here is the very first Top 10:

1. Annika Sorenstam, 18.47
2. Paula Creamer, 9.65
3. Michelle Wie, 9.24
4. Yuri Fudoh, 7.37
5. Cristie Kerr, 6.94
6. Ai Miyazato, 6.58
7. Lorena Ochoa, 6.10
8. Jeong Jang, 4.91
9. Hee-Won Han, 4.49
10. Juli Inkster, 4.11

Who sanctions the women's world golf rankings?

The women's world golf rankings are sanctioned by six organizations - five tours plus the Ladies Golf Union (which runs the Women's British Open). The five sanctioning tours are the LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour, JLPGA (Japan Tour), KLPGA (Korean Tour) and the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour (ALPG).

Which players are included in the women's world golf rankings?

All players earning points are included in the weekly rankings. In addition to the five tours listed above, players in Duramed Futures Tour events also earn world ranking points. The rankings typically include more than 700 golfers.

How are the women's world golf rankings calculated?

That's a little complicated, and for full explanations of each issue mentioned here, check the FAQ section on the official Rolex Rankings Web site. But to summarize:

  1. Golfers play in events sanctioned by the bodies listed above (LPGA, etc.), or a major championship, or a Duramed Futures Tour event.
  2. Majors and Futures Tour events are worth predetermined, set amounts of points. Points available at other events are calculated based on the number of players in the field and the strength of field (a separate calculation that involves both the world rankings of players in the field and money list performance). Once those calculations occur, each place of finish in a tournament is assigned a point value; first place is worth X points, and so on.
  3. Players earn those points based on their finishes, and those points are totaled over a rolling, two-year period. Results from the most recent year are weighted more heavily, and results from the most recent 13 weeks are weighted heavier still.
  4. A player's total points earned is divided by her number of events played, and the resulting number is used to assign her place in the world rankings. If your average is the best, you're No. 1. (Note: If a golfer plays fewer than 35 events within the two-year rolling period, her point total is divided by 35.)