R & A Creates World Amateur Ranking

The Royal & Ancient is launching a World Amateur Golf Ranking live on its website this month following an 18-month trial during which it was welcomed by governing bodies and tournament organizers throughout the world.

The R&A first proposed the WAGR as a means of clarifying entry into its championships. But the trial introduction has gone further, with the criteria now seen as a valid indicator of player rankings throughout the amateur game.

"We are pleased with the way the ranking has developed during this trial period," said Mike Tate, director of the R&A. "In particular, the level of international support for its adoption has convinced us that it will be seen throughout the golfing nations as an increasingly useful tool and as a way of comparing one elite amateur player against another.

"Until now this has been a difficult task given that many play on different continents and with different handicap systems," Tate added. "Early indications suggest that the ranking will be embraced by a significant number of the major golfing nations and we are hopeful that others will realize the benefits that can accrue through its use."

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