A timeline of the worlds No 1 ranked players

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 6, 2010, 9:09 am

Number 1 ranked men

Country Name Start date End date Number of weeks Accumulated weeks

West Germany Langer, BernhardBernhard Langer 01986-04-06 April 6, 1986 01986-04-26 April 26, 1986 3 3

Spain Ballesteros, SeverianoSeveriano Ballesteros (2) 01986-04-27 April 27, 1986 01986-09-13 September 13, 1986 20 20

Australia Norman, GregGreg Norman (3) 01986-09-14 September 14, 1986 01987-11-16 November 16, 1987 61 61

Spain Seve Ballesteros 01987-11-22 November 22, 1987 01987-11-28 November 28, 1987 1 21

Australia Greg Norman 01987-11-29 November 29, 1987 01988-10-29 October 29, 1988 49 110

Spain Seve Ballesteros 01988-10-30 October 30, 1988 01988-11-05 November 5, 1988 1 22

Australia Greg Norman 01988-11-06 November 6, 1988 01988-11-12 November 12, 1988 1 111

Spain Seve Ballesteros 01988-11-13 November 13, 1988 01989-03-25 March 25, 1989 19 41

Australia Greg Norman 01989-03-26 March 26, 1989 01989-04-01 April 1, 1989 1 112

Spain Seve Ballesteros 01989-04-02 April 2, 1989 01989-08-19 August 19, 1989 20 61

Australia Greg Norman 01989-08-20 August 20, 1989 01990-09-01 September 1, 1990 54 166

England Faldo, NickNick Faldo (4) 01990-09-02 September 2, 1990 01990-10-13 October 13, 1990 7 7

Australia Greg Norman 01990-10-14 October 14, 1990 01991-02-02 February 2, 1991 16 182

England Nick Faldo 01991-02-03 February 3, 1991 01991-04-06 April 6, 1991 9 16

Wales Woosnam, IanIan Woosnam (5) 01991-04-07 April 7, 1991 01992-03-21 March 21, 1992 50 50

United States Couples, FredFred Couples (6) 01992-03-22 March 22, 1992 01992-03-28 March 28, 1992 1 1

England Nick Faldo 01992-03-29 March 29, 1992 01992-04-04 April 4, 1992 1 17

United States Fred Couples 01992-04-05 April 5, 1992 01992-07-18 July 18, 1992 15 16

England Nick Faldo 01992-07-19 July 19, 1992 01994-02-05 February 5, 1994 81 98

Australia Greg Norman 01994-02-06 February 6, 1994 01994-08-13 August 13, 1994 27 209

Zimbabwe Price, NickNick Price (7) 01994-08-14 August 14, 1994 01995-06-17 June 17, 1995 44 44

Australia Greg Norman 01995-06-18 June 18, 1995 01997-04-19 April 19, 1997 96 305

United States Lehman, TomTom Lehman (8) 01997-04-20 April 20, 1997 01997-04-26 April 26, 1997 1 1

Australia Greg Norman 01997-04-27 April 27, 1997 01997-06-14 June 14, 1997 7 312

United States Woods, TigerTiger Woods (9) 01997-06-15 June 15, 1997 01997-06-21 June 21, 1997 1 1

South Africa Els, ErnieErnie Els (10) 01997-06-22 June 22, 1997 01997-06-28 June 28, 1997 1 1

Australia Greg Norman 01997-06-29 June 29, 1997 01997-07-05 July 5, 1997 1 313

United States Tiger Woods 01997-07-06 July 6, 1997 01997-09-06 September 6, 1997 9 10

Australia Greg Norman 01997-09-07 September 7, 1997 01998-01-10 January 10, 1998 18 331

United States Tiger Woods 01998-01-11 January 11, 1998 01998-04-11 April 11, 1998 13 23

South Africa Ernie Els 01998-04-12 April 12, 1998 01998-05-09 May 9, 1998 4 5

United States Tiger Woods 01998-05-10 May 10, 1998 01998-05-16 May 16, 1998 1 24

South Africa Ernie Els 01998-05-17 May 17, 1998 01998-06-13 June 13, 1998 4 9

United States Tiger Woods 01998-06-14 June 14, 1998 01999-03-27 March 27, 1999 41 65

United States Duval, DavidDavid Duval (11) 01999-03-28 March 28, 1999 01999-07-03 July 3, 1999 14 14

United States Tiger Woods 01999-07-04 July 4, 1999 01999-08-07 August 7, 1999 5 70

United States David Duval 01999-08-07 August 7, 1999 01999-08-14 August 14, 1999 1 15

United States Tiger Woods 01999-08-15 August 15, 1999 02004-09-04 September 4, 2004 264 334

Fiji Singh, VijayVijay Singh (12) 02004-09-05 September 5, 2004 02005-03-05 March 5, 2005 26 26

United States Tiger Woods 02005-03-06 March 6, 2005 02005-03-19 March 19, 2005 2 336

Fiji Vijay Singh 02005-03-20 March 20, 2005 02005-04-09 April 9, 2005 3 29

United States Tiger Woods 02005-04-10 April 10, 2005 02005-05-21 May 21, 2005 6 342

Fiji Vijay Singh 02005-05-22 May 22, 2005 02005-06-11 June 11, 2005 3 32

United States Tiger Woods 02005-06-12 June 12, 2005 Present 273 (record) 615 (record)


Weeks at number 1 
Rank↓Player↓Weeks↓
1.United States Woods, TigerTiger Woods615
2.Australia Norman, GregGreg Norman331
3.England Faldo, NickNick Faldo98
4.Spain Ballesteros, SeverianoSeveriano Ballesteros61
5.Wales Woosnam, IanIan Woosnam50
6.Zimbabwe Price, NickNick Price44
7.Fiji Singh, VijayVijay Singh32
8.United States Couples, FredFred Couples16
9.United States Duval, DavidDavid Duval15
10.South Africa Els, ErnieErnie Els9
11.Germany Langer, BernhardBernhard Langer3
12.United States Lehman, TomTom Lehman1

 


Weeks at number 1

Rank Player Weeks

1. Woods, TigerTiger Woods 615

2. Norman, GregGreg Norman 331

3. Faldo, NickNick Faldo 98

4. Ballesteros, SeverianoSeveriano Ballesteros 61

5. Woosnam, IanIan Woosnam 50

6. Price, NickNick Price 44

7. Singh, VijayVijay Singh 32

8. Couples, FredFred Couples 16

9. Duval, DavidDavid Duval 15

10. Els, ErnieErnie Els 9

11. Langer, BernhardBernhard Langer 3

12. Lehman, TomTom Lehman 1

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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.