Peter Cowen, at home at his Rotherham HQ of the Peter Cowen Academies helps us understand the recent changes to the Official World Golf Ranking. Image Credit: Supplied

Last week we saw some significant changes to the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) for the game of golf. In recent years the importance of the OWGR for qualification into certain tournaments on the world golfing ladder has become a priority for all professional male golfers.

It is often thought that a full understanding of the OWGR is only for mathematicians, academics, University Professors, boffins, sports’ statisticians and the like, so this mere Golf Coach decided to deep dive into what the changes are all about.

The OWGR system was first introduced 35 years ago and then involved just six Golf Tours, now, as of today, they involve players on 23 Golf Tours.

The recent modernisation is to reflect the rise in the global game and the growth of the OWGR and the system is now focused on Field Rating and Strength of Field, that involves more players and all who make the cut and its objectives remain; to be transparent, credible and accurate. The original regulations for a minimum number of points for a winner and the ‘Flagship Tour Event’ status have both been removed.

It continues to be a two-year rolling system, so in the short-term it will be a hybrid system and will take two years to be totally the new OWGR system.

There has been some noise of opinion from certain players, commentators and influencers over the last few days, but as with anything that is new, a snapshot of statistics is not always best to form an opinion.

Let’s all just see how the changes work in the real world, on the golf course and the resulting Ranking and, I for one, will wait until the end of 2022 before making a Cowen comment.

For the statistics from last Week’s OWGR Points, Week 33 of 2022:

PGA Tour

FedEx St. Jude Championship

Field Rating – 390.66675

Points for Winner, Will Zalatoris, US – 67.19183

Korn Ferry Tour

Pinnacle Bank Championship Presented by AETNA

Field Rating – 85.41142

Points for Winner, Robby Shelton IV, US – 14.69014

DP World Tour

ISPS Handa World Invitational Presented by AVIV

Field Rating – 46.92002

Points for Winner, Ewen Ferguson, Scotland – 8.16824

Asian Tour

International Series Singapore

Field Rating – 43.00465

Points for Winner, Nitithorn Thippong, Thai – 7.39648

Challenge Tour

Frederikshavn Challenge – Presented by Hessel

Field Rating – 22.00346

Points for Winner – Frederik Schott, Ger – 3.83055

Korean Tour

The 4th Woosung Construction Open

Field Rating – 18.56891

Points for Winner, Yonggu Shin, Canada – 3.23263

EuroPro Tour

The Lancer Scott Championship

Field Rating – 5.52031

Points for Winner, Jack Davidson, Wales – 0.99483

Pro Golf Tour

Richter + Frenzer Open 2022

Field Rating – 3.04462

Points for Winner, Alexandre Liu, France – 0.57948

Nordic Golf League

Timberwise Finnish Open

Field Rating – 2.43607

Points for Winner, Victor Eden, Sweden – 0.44995

- Peter Cowen, 71, is one of the leading golf coaches in the world with Peter Cowen Academies with Dubai Golf, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Emirates Golf Club and Jumeirah Golf Estates.