List of World Number One male golfers

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The following is a list of the 17 golfers who have risen to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking. As of July 27, 2014, Adam Scott is the number one ranked golfer. Tiger Woods has spent the most consecutive weeks (281) and most total weeks (683) in that position. Three golfers have spent an entire calendar year atop the rankings: Nick Faldo (1993), Greg Norman (1996), and Woods (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).

Number one ranked men[edit]

* Current number one player as of July 27, 2014
# Country Player Start date End date Number
of weeks
Accumulated
total
Ref.
1  FRG Langer, BernhardBernhard Langer April 6, 1986 April 26, 1986 3 3 [1]
2  ESP Ballesteros, SeveSeve Ballesteros April 27, 1986 September 13, 1986 20 20
3  AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman September 14, 1986 November 21, 1987 62 62
 ESP Ballesteros, SeveSeve Ballesteros (2) November 22, 1987 November 28, 1987 1 21 [2]
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (2) November 29, 1987 October 29, 1988 48 110 [3]
 ESP Ballesteros, SeveSeve Ballesteros (3) October 30, 1988 November 5, 1988 1 22 [4]
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (3) November 6, 1988 November 12, 1988 1 111 [5]
 ESP Ballesteros, SeveSeve Ballesteros (4) November 13, 1988 March 25, 1989 19 41 [6]
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (4) March 26, 1989 April 1, 1989 1 112 [7]
 ESP Ballesteros, SeveSeve Ballesteros (5) April 2, 1989 August 19, 1989 20 61 [8]
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (5) August 20, 1989 September 1, 1990 54 166 [9]
4  ENG Faldo, NickNick Faldo September 2, 1990 October 13, 1990 6 6 [10]
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (6) October 14, 1990 February 2, 1991 16 182 [11]
 ENG Faldo, NickNick Faldo (2) February 3, 1991 April 6, 1991 9 15
5  WAL Woosnam, IanIan Woosnam April 7, 1991 March 21, 1992 50 50
6  USA Couples, FredFred Couples March 22, 1992 March 28, 1992 1 1
 ENG Faldo, NickNick Faldo (3) March 29, 1992 April 4, 1992 1 16
 USA Couples, FredFred Couples (2) April 5, 1992 July 18, 1992 15 16
 ENG Faldo, NickNick Faldo (4) July 19, 1992 February 5, 1994 81 97
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (7) February 6, 1994 August 13, 1994 27 209
7  ZIM Price, NickNick Price August 14, 1994 June 17, 1995 44 44
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (8) June 18, 1995 April 19, 1997 96 305
8  USA Lehman, TomTom Lehman April 20, 1997 April 26, 1997 1 1
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (9) April 27, 1997 June 14, 1997 7 312
9  USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods June 15, 1997 June 21, 1997 1 1
10  ZAF Els, ErnieErnie Els June 22, 1997 June 28, 1997 1 1
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (10) June 29, 1997 July 5, 1997 1 313
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (2) July 6, 1997 September 6, 1997 9 10
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (11) September 7, 1997 January 10, 1998 18 331
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (3) January 11, 1998 April 11, 1998 13 23
 ZAF Els, ErnieErnie Els (2) April 12, 1998 May 9, 1998 4 5
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (4) May 10, 1998 May 16, 1998 1 24
 ZAF Els, ErnieErnie Els (3) May 17, 1998 June 13, 1998 4 9
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (5) June 14, 1998 March 27, 1999 41 65
11  USA Duval, DavidDavid Duval March 28, 1999 July 3, 1999 14 14
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (6) July 4, 1999 August 7, 1999 5 70
 USA Duval, DavidDavid Duval (2) August 8, 1999 August 14, 1999 1 15
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (7) August 15, 1999 September 4, 2004 264 334
12  FJI Singh, VijayVijay Singh September 5, 2004 March 5, 2005 26 26
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (8) March 6, 2005 March 19, 2005 2 336
 FJI Singh, VijayVijay Singh (2) March 20, 2005 April 9, 2005 3 29
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (9) April 10, 2005 May 21, 2005 6 342
 FJI Singh, VijayVijay Singh (3) May 22, 2005 June 11, 2005 3 32
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (10) June 12, 2005 October 30, 2010 281 (record) 623
13  ENG Westwood, LeeLee Westwood October 31, 2010 February 26, 2011 17 17 [12][13]
14  DEU Kaymer, MartinMartin Kaymer February 27, 2011 April 23, 2011 8 8
 ENG Westwood, LeeLee Westwood (2) April 24, 2011 May 28, 2011 5 22
15  ENG Donald, LukeLuke Donald May 29, 2011 March 3, 2012 40 40
16  NIR McIlroy, RoryRory McIlroy March 4, 2012 March 17, 2012 2 2 [14]
 ENG Donald, LukeLuke Donald (2) March 18, 2012 April 14, 2012 4 44 [15]
 NIR McIlroy, RoryRory McIlroy (2) April 15, 2012 April 28, 2012 2 4 [16]
 ENG Donald, LukeLuke Donald (3) April 29, 2012 May 5, 2012 1 45 [17]
 NIR McIlroy, RoryRory McIlroy (3) May 6, 2012 May 26, 2012 3 7 [18]
 ENG Donald, LukeLuke Donald (4) May 27, 2012 August 11, 2012 11 56 [19]
 NIR McIlroy, RoryRory McIlroy (4) August 12, 2012 March 24, 2013 32 39
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (11) March 25, 2013 May 17, 2014 60 683 (record)
17  AUS Scott, AdamAdam Scott* May 18, 2014 Present 11 11

Weeks at number one[edit]

* Current number one player as of July 27, 2014
Rank Player Country Weeks Order Majors
1 Woods, TigerTiger Woods  United States 683 9 14
2 Norman, GregGreg Norman  Australia 331 3 2
3 Faldo, NickNick Faldo  England 97 4 6
4 Ballesteros, SeveSeve Ballesteros  Spain 61 2 5
5 Donald, LukeLuke Donald  England 56 15 0
6 Woosnam, IanIan Woosnam  Wales 50 5 1
7 Price, NickNick Price  Zimbabwe 44 7 3
8 McIlroy, RoryRory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 39 16 3
9 Singh, VijayVijay Singh  Fiji 32 12 3
10 Westwood, LeeLee Westwood  England 22 13 0
11 Couples, FredFred Couples  United States 16 6 1
12 Duval, DavidDavid Duval  United States 15 11 1
13 Scott, AdamAdam Scott*  Australia 11 17 1
14 Els, ErnieErnie Els  South Africa 9 10 4
15 Kaymer, MartinMartin Kaymer  Germany 8 14 2
16 Langer, BernhardBernhard Langer  West Germany 3 1 2
17 Lehman, TomTom Lehman  United States 1 8 1

Order – indicates the sequence in which the players first reached number 1.
Majors – number of major championships each player has won throughout his golfing career.

Earlier Number Ones[edit]

Before the start of the Official World Golf Ranking in 1986, unofficial world golf rankings were published in Mark McCormack's World of Professional Golf Annual from 1968 to 1985. These annual world golf rankings gave Jack Nicklaus as the number one from 1968 to 1977, Tom Watson from 1978 to 1982 and Seve Ballesteros from 1983 to 1985.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Week ending April 6th 1986" (pdf). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  2. ^ "Week ending November 22nd 1987" (pdf). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  3. ^ "Week ending November 29th 1987" (pdf). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  4. ^ "Week ending October 30th 1988" (pdf). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  5. ^ "Week ending November 6th 1988" (pdf). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  6. ^ "Week ending November 13th 1988" (pdf). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  7. ^ "Week ending March 26th 1989" (pdf). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  8. ^ "Week ending April 2nd 1989" (pdf). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  9. ^ "Week ending August 20th 1989" (pdf). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  10. ^ "Week ending September 2nd 1990" (pdf). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  11. ^ "Week ending October 14th 1990" (pdf). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  12. ^ "Lee Westwood is world golf No. 1". ESPN. 2010-10-31. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  13. ^ "Lee Westwood becomes world number one as Kaymer falters". BBC Sport. 2010-10-31. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  14. ^ Donegan, Lawrence (2012-03-05). "Rory McIlroy climbs to world No1 after Honda Classic win". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  15. ^ "Luke Donald back to World Number One after play-off victory at the Transitions Championship". Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  16. ^ "Luke Donald loses world No 1 ranking to Rory McIlroy". The Daily Telegraph (London). 2012-04-16. Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  17. ^ "Luke Donald finishes third in New Orleans to regain No1 spot". The Guardian (London). 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  18. ^ "McIlroy snatches world No. 1 ranking from Donald". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  19. ^ Corrigan, James (2012-05-27). "Luke Donald's PGA Championship master class at Wentworth takes him back to world No 1 spot". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2012-05-28. 

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