1990 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Who was the No. 1 player in men's golf at the end of 1990? Which golfers finished the year ranked the highest in the Official World Golf Ranking? Below is the year-end list of 1990's top-ranked golfers.

Greg Norman was ranked No. 1 at the end of the year after multiple wins around the world, including the Doral-Ryder Open and The Memorial on the PGA Tour. Norman also won the Australian Masters and finished in the Top 6 in two of the four majors.

Men's World Golf Rankings, End of 1990

These were the Top 50 golfers in the final Official World Golf Ranking of the calendar year 1990. For comparison's sake, the Top 10 golfers are listed with their average ranking points earned per tournament.

1. Greg Norman, Australia, 18.95
2. Nick Faldo, England, 18.54
3. Jose Maria Olazabal, Spain, 17.22
4. Ian Woosnam, Wales, 15.47
5. Payne Stewart, United States, 12.75
6. Paul Azinger, United States, 11.63
7. Seve Ballesteros, Spain, 10.15
8. Tom Kite, United States, 10.10
9. Mark McNulty, Zimbabwe, 10.06
10. Mark Calcavecchia, United States, 9.96
11. Fred Couples, United States
12. Curtis Strange, United States
13. Larry Mize, United States
14. Bernhard Langer, Germany
15. Chip Beck, United States
16. Hale Irwin, United States
17. Jumbo Ozaki, Japan
18. Tim Simpson, United States
19. Ronan Rafferty, Northern Ireland
20. Wayne Levi, United States
21. Lanny Wadkins, United States
22. Mark O'Meara, United States
23. Rodger Davis, Australia
24. David Frost, South Africa
25. Jodie Mudd, United States
26. Gil Morgan, United States
27. Wayne Grady, Australia
28. Ben Crenshaw, United States
29. Peter Jacobsen, United States
30. Steve Jones, United States
31. Mark James, England
32. Mike Harwood, Australia
33. Mike Reid, United States
34. Craig Stadler, United States
35. Eduardo Romero, Argentina
36. Ian Baker-Finch, Australia
37. Craig Parry, Australia
38. Nick Price, Zimbabwe
39. Scott Hoch, United States
40. Mark McCumber, United States
41. Sandy Lyle, Scotland
42. Bruce Lietzke, United States
43. Tom Watson, United States
44. Davis Love III, United States
45. Peter Senior, Australia
46. David Feherty, Northern Ireland
47. Larry Nelson, United States
48. Raymond Floyd, United States
49. Steve Pate, United States
50. Sam Torrance, Scotland

Comparing the above end-of-1990 rankings with the end-of-1989 rankings, the biggest jump from outside the Top 50 into the Top 50 from 1989 to 1990 was by Hale Irwin, who moved from No. 98 to No. 16.

The full OWGR at the end of 1990 can be viewed in the OWGR Archives; click on "Past Rankings" on this page.

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