2001 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2001 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2001? Below is the year-end list of 2001's top-ranked golfers.

Tiger Woods was ranked No. 1 at the end of the year after winning five times on the PGA Tour, including the 2001 Masters. The other four victories were in the Bay Hill Invitational, Players Championship, Memorial Tournament and WGC NEC Invitational. In addition, Woods won the Deutsche Bank SAP Open TPC of Europe on the European Tour.

Men's World Golf Rankings, End of 2001

These were the Top 50 golfers in the final Official World Golf Ranking of the calendar year 2001 (the number is the player's average ranking points earned per tournament):

1. Tiger Woods, United States, 15.67
2. Phil Mickelson, United States, 9.16
3. David Duval, United States, 7.98
4. Ernie Els, South Africa, 6.99
5. Davis Love III, United States, 6.02
6. Sergio Garcia, Spain, 5.86
7. David Toms, United States, 5.83
8. Vijay Singh, Fiji, 5.60
9. Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland, 5.03
10. Retief Goosen, South Africa, 4.95
11. Padraig Harrington, Ireland, 4.93
12. Mike Weir, Canada, 4.92
13. Bernhard Langer, Germany, 4.52
14. Colin Montgomerie, Scotland, 4.39
15. Jim Furyk, United States, 4.28
16. Toshi Izawa, Japan, 4.27
17. Scott Verplank, United States, 4.23
18. Bob Estes, United States, 4.08
19. Jose Coceres, Argentina, 4.06
20. Chris DiMarco, United States, 3.90
21. Scott Hoch, United States, 3.87
22. Robert Allenby, Australia, 3.86
23. Tom Lehman, United States, 3.82
24. Thomas Bjorn, Denmark, 3.70
25. Paul Azinger, United States, 3.58
26. Mark Calcavecchia, United States, 3.56
27. Rocco Mediate, United States, 3.35
28. Michael Campbell, New Zealand, 3.33
29. Lee Westwood, England, 3.26
30. Nick Price, Zimbabwe, 3.23
31. Stewart Cink, United States, 3.18
32. Jesper Parnevik, Sweden, 3.14
33. Kenny Perry, United States, 3.14
34. Angel Cabrera, Argentina, 3.12
35. Paul McGinley, Ireland, 3.08
36. Hal Sutton, United States, 3.06
37. Shingo Katayama, Japan, 3.06
38. Niclas Fasth, Sweden, 2.73
39. Joe Durant, United States, 2.73
40. Justin Leonard, United States, 2.62
41. Steve Lowery, United States, 2.62
42. Kirk Triplett, United States, 2.58
43. Stuart Appleby, Australia, 2.56
44. Brad Faxon, United States, 2.45
45. Charles Howell III, United States, 2.42
46. Jose Maria Olazabal, Spain, 2.40
47. Frank Lickliter, United States, 2.39
48. Toru Taniguchi, Japan, 2.23
49. Adam Scott, Australia, 2.21
50. Steve Stricker, United States, 2.20

Comparing the above end-of-2001 rankings with the end-of-2000 rankings, the biggest jump from outside the Top 50 into the Top 50 from 2000 to 2001 was by Charles Howell III, who improved from No. 324 to No. 45.

The biggest year-to-year drop within the Top 50 was by Hal Sutton, who fell from ninth to No. 36.

The full OWGR at the end of 2001 can be viewed in the OWGR Archives; click on "Past Rankings" on this page.

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