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Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. This privacy policy outlines how OWGR collects, uses and protects information about you when you access the OWGR website. Whenever personal data is collected via your use of this website that information will only be used in accordance with this privacy policy and relevant legislation.

Who are we?

In this policy, when we say “we”, “our” or “us” or “OWGR” we are referring to Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), a company incorporated in England. 

For the purposes of data protection legislation in the EU and UK, OWGR is a controller, being the organisation that is responsible for, and controls the processing of, your personal data.

You will find our contact details at the bottom of this page. You can contact us by using the Contact Form https://www.owgr.com/contact-us on our Website or by writing to us. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions regarding this policy or about our privacy practices. 

About this privacy policy

This privacy policy explains how we use your personal data in connection with OWGR and our website at www.owgr.com (the “Website”).

OWGR ranks golfers around the world based on the relative performances of players participating in Eligible Golf Tour events. This ranking is calculated in accordance with the rules established by the Governing Board. Details of those rules can be found in the How the Ranking Works section of this Website.

In order to calculate such ranking, information about the players taking part in events and the scores that they achieve in such events are provided by the Eligible Golf Tours. This information is not submitted through the Website but is supplied directly by the Eligible Golf Tour events. 

We keep our privacy policy under regular review and we will place any updates on this webpage. You should check this policy regularly to ensure you are aware of the most recent version.

This privacy policy was last updated in October 2022.

It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.

Use of cookies

We use cookies on the Website. Please refer to our policy on cookies which can be accessed here – https://www.owgr.com/cookie-policy.

What personal data do we collect?

Separate from the collection of personal data about players, we may collect and process the following personal data about you, as a user of the Website:

Personal data you provide to us as a user of the Website:

  • by filling in enquiry forms on our Website or by corresponding with us by phone, e-mail or otherwise including to provide feedback on the Website such as your contact details; and
  • by signing up to receive our projections and press releases including your email address (if you change your mind, you can opt out of receiving our projections and press releases at any time).

Other data we collect from you as a user of the Website:

  • We also collect certain other information when you visit and use the Website. For example, we may collect and store your IP address, reference site domain name, pages accessed throughout the Website, duration of a session, date/time and country from where you are accessing our Website and demographic information. Please also see our cookie policy https://www.owgr.com/cookie-policy.
  • We also may collect information including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data and usage while on the Website. We will only collect such data in aggregate form so that no individual user is identified.

If you are an individual who uses our API (also known as our Sharing Widget), we provide you with a unique API key that identifies you and we also retain this information.

If we want to collect any other personal data through the Website, we will make it clear when we collect personal data and will explain what we intend to do with it.

How and why we collect personal data

We use different methods to collect data from and about you including through:

  • Direct interactions. You may give us your name and contact details by filling in forms or by corresponding with us by post, phone, email or otherwise.
  • Automated technologies or interactions. As you interact with our Website, we will automatically collect technical data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies and other similar technologies such as log files. Please see our cookie policy https://www.owgr.com/cookie-policy for further details.
  • Third parties or publicly available sources. We will receive personal data about you from analytics providers such as Google Analytics.

We will use your personal data as a user of the Website to:

  • contact you where you have requested that we do so or to respond to communications you have sent us;
  • send you our projections and press releases if you have requested to receive our projections and press releases. You can opt-out of receiving such projections and press releases by contacting us using the Contact Form https://www.owgr.com/contact-us on our Website or by writing to us;
  • administer and protect our business and this Website (including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data). 

Change of purpose

We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you would like an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us.

If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.

Sharing your personal data

We may share your personal data with the parties set out below.

  • service providers who provide IT and administration services;
  • professional advisers including lawyers, bankers, auditors and insurers;
  • HM Revenue & Customs, regulators and others who require reporting of processing activities in certain circumstances;
  • third parties to whom we may choose to sell, transfer or merge parts of our business or our assets. Alternatively, we may seek to acquire other businesses or merge with them. If a change happens to our business, then the new owners may use your personal data in the same way as set out in this privacy policy.

We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

How long do we keep your personal data?

If you are a user of the Website or of our Shared Widget we will retain all of your personal data for the purposes for which we have collected that personal data until we no longer require it for that purpose, when it will be deleted.

Security safeguards

Your personal information may be transferred to, and stored in, countries outside of the UK and EU for the purposes described in this policy. If we do this, we will take steps to ensure your personal information is adequately protected in countries outside of the UK and EU.

We have implemented measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss, unauthorised access, unauthorised use, unauthorised alteration and unauthorised disclosure.

How to contact us

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, the information we hold about you or if you would like to exercise any of your rights described in this privacy policy, please contact us using the Contact Form https://www.owgr.com/contact-us at the bottom of this page, or alternatively, you can write to us at:  

Official World Golf Ranking

European Tour Building

Wentworth Drive

Virginia Water

Surrey

GU25 4LX

United Kingdom.

Your rights

Data protection legislation in the EU and UK provides individuals with certain rights regarding the use of their personal data.

Subject access request

You have the right to access the personal information that we hold about you in many circumstances. This is called a subject access request. If we agree that we are obliged to provide personal information to you (or someone else on your behalf), we will provide it to you or them free of charge other than in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us if you would like to make a subject access request. Our details are set out above or you can use the Contact Form https://www.owgr.com/contact-us below.

Before providing personal information to you or another person on your behalf, we may ask for proof of identity and sufficient information about your interactions with us so that we can locate your personal information.

Deleting or correcting information

We want to make sure that your personal information is accurate and up to date. If you would like us to delete or correct any information that we hold about you then please get in touch with us. Our details are set out above or you can use the Contact Form https://www.owgr.com/contact-us below. Note, however, that we may not always be able to comply with your deletion request for specific legal reasons which will be notified to you, if applicable, at the time of your request.

Objecting to processing

You have the right to object to us processing your personal information if we are not entitled to use it any more, or to have your information deleted, or have its processing restricted in certain circumstances. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms.

Transfer

You also have the right to transfer your personal information in certain circumstances.

Withdrawing consent

If our processing is based on consent, you can withdraw your consent to our processing at any time. This will mean we will not process your personal information any more, but it will not affect the lawfulness of our processing carried out before you withdraw consent. Please get in touch should you wish to discuss your personal information. Our details are set out above or you can use the Contact Form https://www.owgr.com/contact-us below.

Unsubscribing from projections and press releasescommunications

We like to stay in touch with you and may send you projections and press releases communications where you have opted-in or as permitted by law. If you would like to stop or restrict these projections and press releases communications that you receive from us then please get in touch.

Lodge a complaint

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the UK regulator for data protection issues (www.ico.org.uk). We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance. Our details are set out above or you can use the Contact Form https://www.owgr.com/contact-us  below.

Law enforcement 

We fully co-operate with the police and other law enforcement agencies in identifying those who use our service for illegal activities. We reserve the right to report to the police or any other such agencies any activities that we reasonably believe to be unlawful.

Links from this Website to other websites

This Website contains links to other websites which are not operated by us. We have no control over the contents of those websites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them. The operators of other websites may collect information from you which will be used by them in accordance with their own data protection policy or privacy policy. This privacy policy applies only to the Website. We are not responsible for the privacy practices within any other websites. You should always be aware of this when you leave the Website and we encourage you to read the privacy policy on any other website that you visit.

EU representative

OWGR has appointed Saltire Data Protection Services Limited to act as its representative in the European Union as required under Article 27 of the EU GDPR. You can always contact OWGR directly if you are located in the EU and wish to raise any issues or queries relating to the processing of your personal data. However, if you wish to contact Saltire Data Protection Services Limited you can do so by clicking this link to a contact form [TBC]