2002 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2002 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2002? Below is the year-end list of 2002's top-ranked golfers.

Tiger Woods was ranked No. 1 at the end of the year after winning five PGA Tour events during the year, including the 2002 Masters and 2002 U.S. Open. Woods also won the Bay Hill Invitational, Buick Open and WGC American Express Championship. And on the European Tour, Woods won the Deutsche Bank Open TPC of Europe.

Men's World Golf Rankings, End of 2002

These were the Top 50 golfers in the final Official World Golf Ranking of the calendar year 2002 (the number is the player's average ranking points earned per tournament):

1. Tiger Woods, United States, 15.72
2. Phil Mickelson, United States, 7.72
3. Ernie Els, South Africa, 6.84
4. Sergio Garcia, Spain, 6.19
5. Retief Goosen, South Africa, 6.16
6. David Toms, United States, 6.02
7. Padraig Harrington, Ireland, 5.63
8. Vijay Singh, Fiji, 5.53
9. Davis Love III, United States, 4.82
10. Colin Montgomerie, Scotland, 4.39
11. Jim Furyk, United States, 4.18
12. Chris DiMarco, United States, 4.18
13. Nick Price, Zimbabwe, 4.14
14. Angel Cabrera, Argentina, 3.70
15. David Duval, United States, 3.68
16. Bernhard Langer, Germany, 3.58
17. Justin Leonard, United States, 3.51
18. Michael Campbell, New Zealand, 3.48
19. Eduardo Romero, Argentina, 3.47
20. Charles Howell III, United States, 3.46
21. Rich Beem, United States, 3.42
22. Scott Hoch, United States, 3.40
23. Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland, 3.38
24. Bob Estes, United States, 3.35
25. Robert Allenby, Australia, 3.33
26. Rocco Mediate, United States, 3.30
27. Jerry Kelly, United States, 3.20
28. Kenny Perry, United States, 3.11
29. Shigeki Maruyama, Japan, 3.03
30. Scott McCarron, United States, 2.81
31. Craig Parry, Australia, 2.79
32. Stuart Appleby, Australia, 2.74
33. Scott Verplank, United States, 2.73
34. Fred Funk, United States, 2.73
35. Thomas Bjorn, Denmark, 2.70
36. Steve Lowery, United States, 2.66
37. Justin Rose, England, 2.65
38. Jose Maria Olazabal, Spain, 2.62
39. Niclas Fasth, Sweden, 2.61
40. Adam Scott, Australia, 2.58
41. K.J. Choi, Korea, 2.57
42. Paul Lawrie, Scotland, 2.57
43. Peter Lonard, Australia, 2.52
44. Chris Riley, United States, 2.51
45. Jeff Sluman, United States, 2.51
46. Shingo Katayama, Japan, 2.49
47. Mike Weir, Canada, 2.47
48. Brad Faxon, United States, 2.44
49. Toshi Izawa, Japan, 2.38
50. Toru Taniguchi, Japan, 2.38

Comparing the above end-of-2002 rankings with the end-of-2001 rankings, the biggest jump from outside the Top 50 into the Top 50 from 2001 to 2002 was by Rich Beem, who jumped from No. 279 to No. 21 after winning the 2002 PGA Championship.

The biggest year-to-year drop within the Top 50 was by Mike Weir, who dropped from No. 12 to No. 47.

The full OWGR at the end of 2002 can be viewed in the OWGR Archives; click on "Past Rankings" on this page.

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