The concept of the Ranking originated in the early 1980s by Mark H McCormack and Tony Greer. The SONY RANKING, owned and managed by IMG, launched on Sunday, April 6th, 1986. After McCormack's death in 2003, a new Private Limited Company by guarantee was formed: Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).


The mission of the OWGR is to administer and publish, on a weekly basis, a transparent, credible, and accurate Ranking based on the relative performances of players participating in male Eligible Golf Tours worldwide.

The OWGR is governed by seven board of directors, supported by a Technical Committee composed of representatives from the Governing Bodies, Major Championships and leading tours from within men's professional golf.


Chairman - Peter Dawson CBE

Augusta National Golf Club - Will Jones, Executive Director

PGA European Tour Group - Keith Pelley, Chief Executive

PGA of America - Seth Waugh, Chief Executive Officer

PGA Tour - Jay Monahan, Commissioner

The R&A - Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive

USGA - Mike Whan, Chief Executive Officer

International Federation of PGA Tours - Keith Waters


Chairman - Ian Barker

Secretary - Sasha Forster

Asian Tour - Cho Minn Thant, Chief Operating Officer

Augusta National GC - Steve Ethun, Senior Director Masters Tournament

PGA European Tour Group - Keith Waters, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Disciplinary Officer

Japan Golf Tour - Amigo Urayama, General Manager

PGA of America - Kerry Haigh, Chief Championships Officer

PGA Tour of Australasia - Nick Dastey, Tournament Director

PGA Tour - Billy Schroder, Vice President, International Relations

Sunshine Tour - Thomas Abt, Commissioner

The R&A - Professor Steve Otto, R&A Executive Director – CTO

USGA - Jeff Hall, Managing Director Rules & Open Championships