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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Langer not playing to pass Irwin, but he just might

By Tim RosaforteJanuary 16, 2018, 1:40 pm

Bernhard Langer goes back out on tour this week to chase down more than Hale Irwin’s PGA Tour Champions record of 45 career victories. His chase is against himself.

“I’m not playing to beat Hale Irwin’s record,” Langer told me before heading to Hawaii to defend his title at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. “I play golf to play the best I can, to be a good role model, and to enjoy a few more years that are left.”

Langer turned 60 on Aug. 27 and was presented a massage chair by his family as a birthday gift. Instead of reclining (which he does to watch golf and football), he won three more times to close out a seven-win campaign that included three major championships. A year prior, coming off a four-victory season, Langer told me after winning his fourth Charles Schwab Cup that surpassing Irwin’s record was possible but not probable. With 36 career victories and 11 in his last two years, he has changed his tone to making up the nine-tournament difference as “probable.”

“If I could continue a few more years on that ratio, I could get close or pass him,” Langer told me from his home in Boca Raton, Fla. “It will get harder. I’m 60 now. It’s a big challenge but I don’t shy away from challenges.”


Bernhard Langer, Hale Irwin at the 1991 Ryder Cup (Getty Images)


Langer spent his off-season playing the PNC Father/Son, taking his family on a ski vacation at Big Sky in Yellowstone, Montana, and to New York for New Year’s. He ranks himself as a scratch skier, having skied since he was four years old in Germany. The risk of injury is worth it, considering how much he loves “the scenery, the gravity and the speed.”

Since returning from New York, Langer has immersed himself into preparing for the 2018 season. Swing coach Willy Hoffman, who he has worked with since his boyhood days as an as assistant pro in Germany, flew to Florida for their 43rd year of training.

“He’s a straight shooter,” Hoffman told me. “He says, 'Willy, every hour is an hour off my life and we have 24 hours every day.'"

As for Irwin, they have maintained a respectful relationship that goes back to their deciding singles match in the 1991 Ryder Cup. Last year they were brought back to Kiawah Island for a corporate appearance where they reminisced and shared the thought that nobody should ever have to bear what Langer went through, missing a 6-footer on the 18th green. That was 27 years ago. Both are in the Hall of Fame.

"I enjoy hanging out with Hale," Langer says.

Langer’s chase of Irwin’s record is not going to change their legacies. As Hoffman pointed out, “Yes, (Bernhard) is a rich man compared to his younger days. He had no money, no nothing. But today you don’t feel a difference when you talk to him. He’s always on the ground.”

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McIlroy: Ryder Cup won't be as easy as USA thinks

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 16, 2018, 1:18 pm

The Americans have won their past two international team competitions by a combined score of 38-22, but Rory McIlroy isn’t expecting another pushover at the Ryder Cup in September.

McIlroy admitted that the U.S. team will be strong, and that its core of young players (including Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler) will be a force for the next decade. But he told reporters Tuesday at the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship that course setup will play a significant role.

“If you look at Hazeltine and how they set the course up – big, wide fairways, no rough, pins in the middle of greens – it wasn’t set up for the way the Europeans like to play,” McIlroy said, referring to the Americans’ 17-11 victory in 2016. “I think Paris will be a completely different kettle of fish, so different.”

At every Ryder Cup, the home team has the final say on course setup. Justin Rose was the most outspoken about the setup at Hazeltine, saying afterward that it was “incredibly weak” and had a “pro-am feel.” 

And so this year’s French Open figures to be a popular stop for European Tour players – it’s being held once again at Le Golf National, site of the matches in September. Tommy Fleetwood won last year’s event at 12 under.

“I’m confident,” McIlroy said. “Everything being all well and good, I’ll be on that team and I feel like we’ll have a really good chance.

“The Americans have obviously been buoyant about their chances, but it’s never as easy as that. The Ryder Cup is always close. It always comes down to a few key moments, and it will be no different in Paris. I think we’ll have a great team and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.” 

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Floodlights may be used at Dubai Desert Classic

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 16, 2018, 12:44 pm

No round at next week’s Dubai Desert Classic will be suspended because of darkness.

Tournament officials have installed state-of-the-art floodlighting around the ninth and 18th greens to ensure that all 132 players can finish their round.

With the event being moved up a week in the schedule, the European Tour was initially concerned about the amount of daylight and trimmed the field to 126 players. Playing under the lights fixed that dilemma.

“This is a wonderful idea and fits perfectly with our desire to bring innovation to our sport,” European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said. “No professional golfer ever wants to come back the following morning to complete a round due to lack of daylight, and this intervention, should it be required, will rule out that necessity.”

Next week’s headliners include Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson. 

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Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.