2016 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2016 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2016? Below is the year-end list of 2016's top-ranked golfers.

Jason Day was ranked No. 1 at the end of 2016 after winning three times on the PGA Tour. His victories were in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, WGC Dell Match Play and The Players Championship.

Men's World Golf Rankings, End of 2016

These were the Top 50 golfers in the final Official World Golf Ranking of the calendar year 2016 (released on Dec. 25, 2016; the number is the player's average ranking points earned per tournament):

1. Jason Day, Australia, 10.9145
2. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, 9.8336
3. Dustin Johnson, United States, 9.5330
4. Henrik Stenson, Sweden, 8.6940
5. Jordan Spieth, United States, 8.0436
6. Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, 7.4883
7. Adam Scott, Australia, 6.5476
8. Patrick Reed, United States, 5.3972
9. Alex Noren, Sweden, 5.3525
10. Bubba Watson, United States, 5.1949
11. Danny Willett, England, 5.0889
12. Rickie Fowler, United States, 4.9676
13. Sergio Garcia, Spain, 4.7346
14. Paul Casey, England, 4.6999
15. Justin Rose, England, 4.4397
16. Brooks Koepka, United States, 4.3323
17. Branden Grace, South Africa, 4.3149
18. Russell Knox, Scotland, 4.1555
19. Phil Mickelson, United States, 4.0990
20. Matt Kuchar, United States, 4.0979
21. Jimmy Walker, United States, 3.9869
22. Justin Thomas, United States, 3.9702
23. Charl Schwartzel, South Africa, 3.6740
24. Tyrrell Hatton, England, 3.6701
25. Emiliano Grillo, Argentina, 3.6101
26. Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, 3.5938
27. Rafael Cabrera Bello, Spain, 3.4981
28. Brandt Snedeker, United States, 3.4526
29. J.B. Holmes, United States, 3.3869
30. Matthew Fitzpatrick, England, 3.3805
31. Francesco Molinari, Italy, 3.2206
32. Kevin Chappell, United States, 3.1778
33. Yuta Ikeda, Japan, 3.1690
34. Daniel Berger, United States, 3.1401
35. Ryan Moore, United States, 3.0975
36. Scott Piercy, United States, 3.0712
37. Jim Furyk, United States, 2.9717
38. Zach Johnson, United States, 2.8331
39. Chris Wood, England, 2.7697
40. Bernd Wiesberger, Austria, 2.7335
41. Bill Haas, United States, 2.6909
42. Lee Westwood, England, 2.6350
43. Shane Lowry, Ireland, 2.6253
44. Andy Sullivan, England, 2.6047
45. Kevin Na, United States, 2.5993
46. Byeong Hun An, Korea, 2.5880
47. Thomas Pieters, Belgium, 2.5795
48. Soren Kjeldsen, Denmark, 2.5765
49. Gary Woodland, United States, 2.5546
50. William McGirt, United States, 2.5004

Comparing the above end-of-2016 rankings with the end-of-2015 rankings, the biggest jump from outside the Top 50 into the Top 50 from 2015 to 2016 was by Alex Noren, who moved up from No. 96 to No. 9; and Tyrrell Hatton, who jumped from No. 104 to 24th.

The biggest year-to-year drop within the Top 50 was by Jim Furyk, who fell from No. 9 to No. 37.

The full OWGR at the end of 2016 can be viewed in the OWGR Archives; click on "Past Rankings" on this page.

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