List of World Number One male golfers

List of World Number One male golfers

The following is a list of the 16 golfers who have risen to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking. As of November 3, 2013, Tiger Woods is the number one ranked golfer. Woods has spent the most consecutive weeks (281) and most total weeks (656) in that position. Three golfers have spent an entire calendar year atop the rankings: Nick Faldo (1993), Greg Norman (1996), and Woods (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).

Number one ranked men

* Current number one player as of November 3, 2013
# Country Player Start date End date Number
of weeks
Accumulated
total
Ref.
1  FRG Langer, BernhardBernhard Langer 3 3 [1]
2  ESP Ballesteros, SeveSeve Ballesteros 20 20
3  AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman 62 62
 ESP Ballesteros, SeveSeve Ballesteros (2) 1 21 [2]
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (2) 48 110 [3]
 ESP Ballesteros, SeveSeve Ballesteros (3) 1 22 [4]
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (3) 1 111 [5]
 ESP Ballesteros, SeveSeve Ballesteros (4) 19 41 [6]
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (4) 1 112 [7]
 ESP Ballesteros, SeveSeve Ballesteros (5) 20 61 [8]
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (5) 54 166 [9]
4  ENG Faldo, NickNick Faldo 6 6 [10]
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (6) 16 182 [11]
 ENG Faldo, NickNick Faldo (2) 9 15
5  WAL Woosnam, IanIan Woosnam 50 50
6  USA Couples, FredFred Couples 1 1
 ENG Faldo, NickNick Faldo (3) 1 16
 USA Couples, FredFred Couples (2) 15 16
 ENG Faldo, NickNick Faldo (4) 81 97
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (7) 27 209
7  ZIM Price, NickNick Price 44 44
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (8) 96 305
8  USA Lehman, TomTom Lehman 1 1
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (9) 7 312
9  USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods 1 1
10  ZAF Els, ErnieErnie Els 1 1
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (10) 1 313
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (2) 9 10
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman (11) 18 331
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (3) 13 23
 ZAF Els, ErnieErnie Els (2) 4 5
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (4) 1 24
 ZAF Els, ErnieErnie Els (3) 4 9
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (5) 41 65
11  USA Duval, DavidDavid Duval 14 14
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (6) 5 70
 USA Duval, DavidDavid Duval (2) 1 15
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (7) 264 334
12  FJI Singh, VijayVijay Singh 26 26
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (8) 2 336
 FJI Singh, VijayVijay Singh (2) 3 29
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (9) 6 342
 FJI Singh, VijayVijay Singh (3) 3 32
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods (10) 281 (record) 623
13  ENG Westwood, LeeLee Westwood 17 17 [12][13]
14  DEU Kaymer, MartinMartin Kaymer 8 8
 ENG Westwood, LeeLee Westwood (2) 5 22
15  ENG Donald, LukeLuke Donald 40 40
16  NIR McIlroy, RoryRory McIlroy 2 2 [14]
 ENG Donald, LukeLuke Donald (2) 4 44 [15]
 NIR McIlroy, RoryRory McIlroy (2) 2 4 [16]
 ENG Donald, LukeLuke Donald (3) 1 45 [17]
 NIR McIlroy, RoryRory McIlroy (3) 3 7 [18]
 ENG Donald, LukeLuke Donald (4) 11 56 [19]
 NIR McIlroy, RoryRory McIlroy (4) 32 39
 USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods* (11) Present 33 656 (record)

Weeks at number one

* Current number one player as of November 3, 2013
Rank Player Country Weeks Order Majors
1 Woods, TigerTiger Woods*  United States 656 9 14
2 Norman, GregGreg Norman  Australia 331 3 2
3 Faldo, NickNick Faldo  England 97 4 6
4 Ballesteros, SeveSeve Ballesteros  Spain 61 2 5
5 Donald, LukeLuke Donald  England 56 15 0
6 Woosnam, IanIan Woosnam  Wales 50 5 1
7 Price, NickNick Price  Zimbabwe 44 7 3
8 McIlroy, RoryRory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 39 16 2
9 Singh, VijayVijay Singh  Fiji 32 12 3
10 Westwood, LeeLee Westwood  England 22 13 0
11 Couples, FredFred Couples  United States 16 6 1
12 Duval, DavidDavid Duval  United States 15 11 1
13 Els, ErnieErnie Els  South Africa 9 10 4
14 Kaymer, MartinMartin Kaymer  Germany 8 14 1
15 Langer, BernhardBernhard Langer  West Germany 3 1 2
16 Lehman, TomTom Lehman  United States 1 8 1

Order – indicates the sequence in which the players first reached number 1.
Majors – number of major championships each player has won throughout his golfing career.

Earlier Number Ones

Before the start of the Official World Golf Ranking in 1986, unofficial world golf rankings were published in Mark McCormack's World of Professional Golf Annual from 1968 to 1985. These annual world golf rankings gave Jack Nicklaus as the number one from 1968 to 1977, Tom Watson from 1978 to 1982 and Seve Ballesteros from 1983 to 1985.

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