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 - 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
European Tour - Keith Waters, Chief Operating Officer & Director of International Policy
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, Chief Operating Officer
The R&A - Professor Steve Otto, R&A Executive Director – CTO
USGA - Jeff Hall, Managing Director Rules & Open Championships