2005 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2005 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2005? Below is the year-end list of 2005's top-ranked golfers.

Tiger Woods was ranked No. 1 at the end of the year after six PGA Tour victories, including the 2005 Masters and 2005 British Open. Woods also won the Buick Invitational, Ford Championship at Doral, WGC NEC Invitational and WGC American Express Championship, as well as the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan.

Men's World Golf Rankings, End of 2005

These were the Top 50 golfers in the final Official World Golf Ranking of the calendar year 2005 (released on Dec. 31, 2005; the number is the player's average ranking points earned per tournament):

1. Tiger Woods, United States, 17.16
2. Vijay Singh, Fiji, 9.78
3. Phil Mickelson, United States, 8.14
4. Retief Goosen, South Africa, 8.10
5. Ernie Els, South Africa, 8.03
6. Sergio Garcia, Spain, 7.23
7. Jim Furyk, United States, 5.80
8. Colin Montgomerie, Scotland, 4.78
9. Adam Scott, Australia, 4.68
10. Chris DiMarco, United States, 4.58
11. David Howell, England, 4.49
12. Angel Cabrera, Argentina, 4.44
13. Luke Donald, England, 4.41
14. Kenny Perry, United States, 4.35
15. David Toms, United States, 4.30
16. Michael Campbell, New Zealand, 4.19
17. Padraig Harrington, Ireland, 4.08
18. Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland, 4.03
19. Davis Love III, United States, 3.89
20. Tim Clark, South Africa, 3.69
21. Paul McGinley, Ireland, 3.57
22. Thomas Bjorn, Denmark, 3.41
23. Bart Bryant, United States, 3.39
24. Nick O'Hern, Australia, 3.38
25. Fred Couples, United States, 3.26
26. Jose Maria Olazabal, Spain, 3.25
27. Stewart Cink, United States, 3.19
28. Scott Verplank, United States, 3.14
29. John Daly, United States, 3.03
30. Stuart Appleby, Australia, 2.93
31. K.J. Choi, Korea, 2.88
32. Henrik Stenson, Sweden, 2.83
33. Justin Leonard, United States, 2.81
34. Ben Crane, United States, 2.80
35. Robert Allenby, Australia, 2.77
36. Mark Hensby, Australia, 2.75
37. Sean O'Hair, United States, 2.73
38. Chad Campbell, United States, 2.66
39. Shingo Katayama, Japan, 2.66
40. Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spain, 2.60
41. Lee Westwood, England, 2.57
42. Brandt Jobe, United States, 2.52
43. Tom Lehman, United States, 2.50
44. Shigeki Maruyama, Japan, 2.50
45. Fred Funk, United States, 2.45
46. Peter Lonard, Australia, 2.40
47. Rod Pampling, Australia, 2.37
48. Mike Weir, Canada, 2.35
49. Tim Herron, United States, 2.31
50. Geoff Ogilvy, Australia, 2.28

Comparing the above end-of-2005 rankings with the end-of-2004 rankings, the biggest jump from outside the Top 50 into the Top 50 from 2004 to 2005 was by Sean O'Hair, who improved from No. 1,155 to No. 37.

The biggest year-to-year drop within the Top 50 was by Mike Weir, who dropped from No. 8 to No. 48.

The full OWGR at the end of 2005 can be viewed in the OWGR Archives; click on "Past Rankings" on this page.

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