List of World Number One male golfers

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The following is a list of golfers who have been top of the Official World Golf Ranking. As of September 16, 2018, Justin Rose 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]

Note 1: In the first column, each number signifies the first time that golfer was ranked number one.
Note 2: In the "Cumulative total" column, each boldface number signifies the most recent time that golfer was ranked number one.
* Current number one player as of September 16, 2018
# Country Player Start date End date Number
of weeks
Cumulative
total
Ref.
1  FRG Bernhard Langer April 6, 1986 April 26, 1986 3 3 [1]
2  ESP Seve Ballesteros April 27, 1986 September 13, 1986 20 20
3  AUS Greg Norman September 14, 1986 November 21, 1987 62 62
 ESP Seve Ballesteros (2) November 22, 1987 November 28, 1987 1 21 [2]
 AUS Greg Norman (2) November 29, 1987 October 29, 1988 48 110 [3]
 ESP Seve Ballesteros (3) October 30, 1988 November 5, 1988 1 22 [4]
 AUS Greg Norman (3) November 6, 1988 November 12, 1988 1 111 [5]
 ESP Seve Ballesteros (4) November 13, 1988 March 25, 1989 19 41 [6]
 AUS Greg Norman (4) March 26, 1989 April 1, 1989 1 112 [7]
 ESP Seve Ballesteros (5) April 2, 1989 August 19, 1989 20 61 [8]
 AUS Greg Norman (5) August 20, 1989 September 1, 1990 54 166 [9]
4  ENG Nick Faldo September 2, 1990 October 13, 1990 6 6 [10]
 AUS Greg Norman (6) October 14, 1990 February 2, 1991 16 182 [11]
 ENG Nick Faldo (2) February 3, 1991 April 6, 1991 9 15
5  WAL Ian Woosnam April 7, 1991 March 21, 1992 50 50
6  USA Fred Couples March 22, 1992 March 28, 1992 1 1
 ENG Nick Faldo (3) March 29, 1992 April 4, 1992 1 16
 USA Fred Couples (2) April 5, 1992 July 18, 1992 15 16
 ENG Nick Faldo (4) July 19, 1992 February 5, 1994 81 97
 AUS Greg Norman (7) February 6, 1994 August 13, 1994 27 209
7  ZIM Nick Price August 14, 1994 June 17, 1995 44 44
 AUS Greg Norman (8) June 18, 1995 April 19, 1997 96 305
8  USA Tom Lehman April 20, 1997 April 26, 1997 1 1
 AUS Greg Norman (9) April 27, 1997 June 14, 1997 7 312
9  USA Tiger Woods June 15, 1997 June 21, 1997 1 1
10  ZAF Ernie Els June 22, 1997 June 28, 1997 1 1
 AUS Greg Norman (10) June 29, 1997 July 5, 1997 1 313
 USA Tiger Woods (2) July 6, 1997 September 6, 1997 9 10
 AUS Greg Norman (11) September 7, 1997 January 10, 1998 18 331
 USA Tiger Woods (3) January 11, 1998 April 11, 1998 13 23
 ZAF Ernie Els (2) April 12, 1998 May 9, 1998 4 5
 USA Tiger Woods (4) May 10, 1998 May 16, 1998 1 24
 ZAF Ernie Els (3) May 17, 1998 June 13, 1998 4 9
 USA Tiger Woods (5) June 14, 1998 March 27, 1999 41 65
11  USA David Duval March 28, 1999 July 3, 1999 14 14
 USA Tiger Woods (6) July 4, 1999 August 7, 1999 5 70
 USA David Duval (2) August 8, 1999 August 14, 1999 1 15
 USA Tiger Woods (7) August 15, 1999 September 4, 2004 264 334
12  FJI Vijay Singh September 5, 2004 March 5, 2005 26 26
 USA Tiger Woods (8) March 6, 2005 March 19, 2005 2 336
 FJI Vijay Singh (2) March 20, 2005 April 9, 2005 3 29
 USA Tiger Woods (9) April 10, 2005 May 21, 2005 6 342
 FJI Vijay Singh (3) May 22, 2005 June 11, 2005 3 32
 USA Tiger Woods (10) June 12, 2005 October 30, 2010 281 (record) 623
13  ENG Lee Westwood October 31, 2010 February 26, 2011 17 17 [12][13]
14  DEU Martin Kaymer February 27, 2011 April 23, 2011 8 8
 ENG Lee Westwood (2) April 24, 2011 May 28, 2011 5 22
15  ENG Luke Donald May 29, 2011 March 3, 2012 40 40
16  NIR Rory McIlroy March 4, 2012 March 17, 2012 2 2 [14]
 ENG Luke Donald (2) March 18, 2012 April 14, 2012 4 44 [15]
 NIR Rory McIlroy (2) April 15, 2012 April 28, 2012 2 4 [16]
 ENG Luke Donald (3) April 29, 2012 May 5, 2012 1 45 [17]
 NIR Rory McIlroy (3) May 6, 2012 May 26, 2012 3 7 [18]
 ENG Luke Donald (4) May 27, 2012 August 11, 2012 11 56 [19]
 NIR Rory McIlroy (4) August 12, 2012 March 24, 2013 32 39
 USA Tiger Woods (11) March 25, 2013 May 17, 2014 60 683 (record)
17  AUS Adam Scott May 18, 2014 August 2, 2014 11 11
 NIR Rory McIlroy (5) August 3, 2014 August 15, 2015 54 93
18  USA Jordan Spieth August 16, 2015 August 29, 2015 2 2
 NIR Rory McIlroy (6) August 30, 2015 September 5, 2015 1 94
 USA Jordan Spieth (2) September 6, 2015 September 12, 2015 1 3
 NIR Rory McIlroy (7) September 13, 2015 September 19, 2015 1 95
19  AUS Jason Day September 20, 2015 September 26, 2015 1 1
 USA Jordan Spieth (3) September 27, 2015 October 17, 2015 3 6
 AUS Jason Day (2) October 18, 2015 November 7, 2015 3 4
 USA Jordan Spieth (4) November 8, 2015 March 26, 2016 20 26
 AUS Jason Day (3) March 27, 2016 February 18, 2017 47 51
20  USA Dustin Johnson February 19, 2017 May 12, 2018 64 64
21  USA Justin Thomas May 13, 2018 June 9, 2018 4 4
 USA Dustin Johnson (2) June 10, 2018 September 9, 2018 13 77
22  ENG Justin Rose * September 10, 2018 Present 2 2

Weeks at number one[edit]

* Current number one player as of September 16, 2018
Rank Player Country Weeks Order Majors
1 Tiger Woods  United States 683 9 14
2 Greg Norman  Australia 331 3 2
3 Nick Faldo  England 97 4 6
4 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 95 16 4
5 Dustin Johnson  United States 77 20 1
6 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 61 2 5
7 Luke Donald  England 56 15 0
8 Jason Day  Australia 51 19 1
9 Ian Woosnam  Wales 50 5 1
10 Nick Price  Zimbabwe 44 7 3
11 Vijay Singh  Fiji 32 12 3
12 Jordan Spieth  United States 26 18 3
13 Lee Westwood  England 22 13 0
14 Fred Couples  United States 16 6 1
15 David Duval  United States 15 11 1
16 Adam Scott  Australia 11 17 1
17 Ernie Els  South Africa 9 10 4
18 Martin Kaymer  Germany 8 14 2
19 Justin Thomas  United States 4 21 1
20 Bernhard Langer  West Germany 3 1 2
21 Justin Rose *  England 2 22 1
22 Tom 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.

Weeks at number one by country[edit]

* Country with the current number one player as of September 16, 2018
Rank Country Weeks Order Majors Players Top player First player Latest player Zone
1  United States 822 6 22 7 Tiger Woods Fred Couples Dustin Johnson USA
2  Australia 393 3 4 3 Greg Norman Greg Norman Jason Day IT
3  England * 177 4 7 4 Nick Faldo Nick Faldo Justin Rose EUR
4  Northern Ireland 95 10 4 1 Rory McIlroy EUR
5  Spain 61 2 5 1 Seve Ballesteros EUR
6  Wales 50 5 1 1 Ian Woosnam EUR
7  Zimbabwe 44 7 3 1 Nick Price IT
8  Fiji 32 9 3 1 Vijay Singh IT
9  Germany (including West Germany) 11 1 4 2 Martin Kaymer Bernhard Langer Martin Kaymer EUR
10  South Africa 9 8 4 1 Ernie Els IT

Order – indicates the sequence in which the country first had a number 1 player.
Majors – number of major championships the country's world-ranked number 1 players have won throughout their golfing careers.
Players – number of players from that country who have been world-ranked number 1.
Top player – the player from that country who has spent most weeks as the world-ranked number 1 player.
First player – the player from that country who was first to be world-ranked number 1 player, left blank if that country has only one such player.
Latest player – the player from that country who was most recently world-ranked number 1 player, left blank if that country has only one such player.
Zone – The zone to which that country now belongs for Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup purposes:

  • EUR = Europe (plays in Ryder Cup)
  • IT = International Team (plays in Presidents Cup)
  • USA = United States of America (plays in both cups)

Weeks at number one by Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup zone[edit]

* Zone with the current number one player as of September 16, 2018
Rank Zone Weeks Order Majors Players Top player First player Latest player
1  United States (plays in both cups) 822 3 22 7 Tiger Woods Fred Couples Dustin Johnson
2 International team (plays in Presidents Cup) 478 2 14 6 Greg Norman Greg Norman Jason Day
3  Europe (plays in Ryder Cup)* 394 1 21 9 Nick Faldo Bernhard Langer Justin Rose

Weeks – the total number of weeks players from the zone have been world-ranked number 1, including any weeks Australia's Greg Norman was world-ranked number 1 before the Presidents Cup and its International Team zone were first created. It was first played in September 1994, shortly after the August 1994 end of Greg Norman's first 7 periods (starting in September 1986) and 209 weeks at Number 1 (out of his total of 11 periods and 331 weeks).
Order – indicates the sequence in which the zone first had a number 1 player.
Majors – number of major championships the zone's world-ranked number 1 players have won throughout their golfing careers.
Players – number of players from that zone who have been world-ranked number 1.
Top player – the player from that zone who has spent most weeks as the world-ranked number 1 player.
First player – the player from that zone who was first to be world-ranked number 1 player.
Latest player – the player from that zone who was most recently world-ranked number 1 player.

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". Archived from the original on 2013-05-21. 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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