The PGA Tour publishes a list of the world's best men's golf players at pgatour.com. The list is updated weekly after the most recent tour tournament. It differs from rankings for the FedEx Cup.
Scoring for the world rankings takes into account a golfer's performance in the two years previous to a certain date. Recent finishes, level of competition and the importance of a tournament, such as a Grand Slam, receive additional weight in determining a player's ranking. A minimum of 40 tournaments played in the past two years are needed for a player to be ranked.
Tours which are eligible for consideration include the following PGA Tours: United States, Canada, Europe, Australasia, China and Latin America. Other eligible tours include Japan, Sunshine, Asian, European Challenge, One Asia, Korea, Asian Development and the American-based Web.com Tour.
The world rankings differ from the FedEx Cup in that performances in tournaments during one season determine who enters the season-ending Cup series. The difference causes players to be listed in different positions on each list each week. For instance, while Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland earned the top position on both lists during a week in May 2015, the FedEx list had Americans Jimmy Walker second, Bubba Watson third, Matt Kuchar fourth and Jim Furyk fifth during the same week. At the same time, the world rankings had Adam Scott of Australia second, Sergio Garcia of Spain third, Furyk fourth and Henrik Stenson of Sweden fifth.