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Introduction to PDGA Player Rankings

PDGA Player Ratings indicate how well players have been playing on their PDGA event courses. And this ratings system works all over the world. The new PDGA World Player Ranking System blends PDGA Player Ratings with finish positions in a few major events where head-to-head competition plays more of a role in the rankings. To date, just a few events bring together the top men and women from around the world in direct competition. As more sponsorship money is generated and more countries produce players at a high level, there will be more events where top players from many countries compete. As this happens, the World Rankings will shift to using more and more event results in the calculations rather than relying primarily on player ratings.

The revised World Ranking calculation starting 2012 still includes men from North America whose rating is over 999 based on at least 12 rounds in B-tier and higher events in the previous 12 months. It also still includes Non-North American men with ratings over 999 based on at least 8 rounds in sanctioned events. The top ranked man in each PDGA affiliated country regardless of rating is included only in the yearend ranking. The same process is used for women but their rating minimum is 900. Players must be current PDGA members to be included.

Starting 2012, players will only be included if they play in Worlds or have played in at least two other Majors. A man's performance in his four best NT or ET events (women - three best) is counted as a Major in the rankings process. The column called Adj NET shows this value which is worth 20% of the World Ranking points for players who played at least four NT/ET events in the past 12 months. A player will no longer be included in the World Rankings simply because their rating is over 999 for men or 899 for women. They must also enter Worlds or some other Majors.

Major events counted in the ranking formula are the most recent US Women's Nationals and the Open divisions at Pro Worlds. In the years they are offered as major championships, the European Championship, USDGC, PDGA Championship, Japan Open, European Open and Scandinavian Open will be included. Master and older players who meet the minimum rating criteria are included but must enter Open at Pro Worlds and NTs to get credit in the standings.

The weights applied to the standings in each major depend on the number who enter and how recent the major occurred for all World Ranking updates (except the Yearend rankings which are not weighted based on event date). In other words, the weight of an event will decrease slightly each ranking update during the year those results are counted. The World Rankings will be updated just after ratings updates during the year which is currently at least 8 times per year. Download the World Ranking Description document from the link below to read more details on the system.

Note that some ratings in the table will look slightly different from the player's current rating because C tier ratings results are excluded. That may also be why some players with ratings over 999 did not make the list (too few rounds excluding C-tiers). The Adjusted Ranks for the Player Ratings (RR), Pro Worlds (PWR), USDGC/US Women (USR), PDGA Championship (PCR), Japan Open (JOR), Scandinavian Open (SOR) and European Open (EOR) are based only on how the players listed in the World Rankings finished relative to each other. For example, if players who finished 10 thru 12 aren't in these World Rankings, the world ranked players who finished 9th and 13th in that event will have adjusted ranks of 9th and 10th for that event.

The World & Continental Rankings are updated after at least every other PDGA Ratings update and more often when there has been another Major since the previous update.