Looking Back at the 2016 Official World Golf Rankings

The final Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) have come out, with Jason Day comfortably sitting at No. 1. While Day is the top dog, it’s hard to overlook some of the other efforts that came forth during 2016. Here’s a look inside the numbers of the year that was.


87 – Places that Sweden’s Alex Noren rose from the beginning of 2016 to the end of it, climbing from 96th to ninth. It’s the second-largest jump ever in a single year that resulted in a top 10 ranking. Also the number of places that Rafa Cabrera Bello jumped from 114th to 27th.

454.2 – Number of points picked up this year by Dustin Johnson, the most of any player.

30.2 – Average age of the top five players in the world (Day, Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Henrik Stenson). Take out Stenson and that average drops to 25.6 years old. The first number is the youngest average top five since 2003, when the group was Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Davis Love III, and Jim Furyk.

20 – Matt Kuchar started the year ranked 20th and ended it ranked 20th. He was the only player in the top 100 to start and end the year in the same spot.

1,229 – Spots that 51-year-old Mukesh Kumar jumped after winning December’s Indian Open.

248 – The number of spots Tiger Woods rose after his 15th place finish at the Hero World Challenge. It was the second-largest jump of his career, trailing only the 263 he moved up after making the cut as an amateur in 1995.






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