The award is presented annually to the player who holds the No. 1 position on the Official World Golf Ranking for the greatest number of weeks in each calendar year. Woods held the top position on the Official World Golf Ranking every week last year. This week marks the 240th consecutive week that Woods has held the top ranking. The previous record was held by Greg Norman who was ranked number one for 96 consecutive weeks between June 18, 1995 - April 13, 1997.
Tigers dominance of the Official World Golf Ranking is a testament to his consistent caliber of play, said Tim Finchem, PGA TOUR Commissioner. While many other top players in the world have elevated their games in pursuit of that number one ranking position, Tiger clearly remains entrenched at the top.
There is still one remaining ranking record for Tiger to break. This is Woods 310th total week at No.1. Norman holds the record with 331 total weeks at No.1 in his career. If Woods maintains his current position atop the Official World Golf Ranking, he will tie Normans record later this year with the August 9nd ranking and break the record with his 332nd week with the ranking of August 16th, the week following the PGA Championship.
The award was created in 1998 by the Governing Board to honor Mark H. McCormack for the significant role he played in founding a world ranking system for professional golf. McCormack founded IMG, a premier worldwide sports and lifestyle management and marketing firm in the early 1960s. He passed away May 16, 2003. The concept for a world ranking for mens professional golf began with McCormack in 1986. During the 1986 Masters Tournament, McCormack launched the Sony Ranking, which was sanctioned by the Championship Committee of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.
In July 1997, the five major international golf tours joined representatives from the four major championships, who had been members of the Governing Board since 1987. This marked the first time that the leaders of all the worlds major golf organizations had joined together to serve in a governing capacity.
Current World Rankings