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World Rankings - Events/Categories

The following events/categories are used to determine PDGA World Rankings. While viewing the list of names in the World Rankings tables, hover your mouse over the column headers to see their full descriptions (listed below). Full descriptions are also available in the complete July 2018 World Rankings document(s), which includes a total of 84 men and 40 women.

Please review the Process Details section at the bottom of this page for more information on the World Rankings Player Rating, Weighting Factors, and more.

  • WRPR = World Rankings Player Rating
    • WRPR is the average of round ratings from B-tier and higher events in the 12 months prior to the World Ranking update.
  • Adj RR = Ranking based on WRPR
  • Adj NET = Average of a player's best finishes in National Tour and EuroTour events during the past 12 months
    • Best four finishes for men, best three finishes for women
  • *Adj USR = Ranking based on 2017 USDGC / 2018 USWDGC
  • *Adj PWR = Ranking based on 2018 Pro Worlds
  • *Adj EOR = Ranking based on 2017 European Open
  • Adj KOR = Ranking basked on 2018 Konopiste Open
  • Adj DGW = 2017 Disc Golf World Tour - Final Average Points Rank (minimum two events played)

*Ranking for a specific event is relative; it is calculated against only those competitors in the event that are also listed in the complete PDGA World Rankings document(s).See the Process Details section at the bottom of the page for more information.

PDGA World Rankings - September 2018 - Men

Eligibility

  • Male competitors with a World Rankings Player Rating (WRPR; see Events/Categories section below) of 1000 or higher based on a minimum of 12 rated rounds (at least 8 for non-North American competitors) are included to start the World Rankings process. They will be assigned a World Ranking if they meet one of the following criteria:
    • Completed 2018 Pro Worlds in Open division or earned points in at least two of the events/categories listed in the "Events/Categories" section below
    • A World Ranking is always assigned to male competitors with a WRPR of 1020 or higher. However, one of the following penalties may apply.
      • If the competitor did not complete or earn points in any event or series included in World Rankings, he receives an 8-point penalty added to his World Ranking point total.
      • If the competitor completed or earned points in just one series or event (excluding MPO in Worlds) included in World Rankings, he receives a 4-point penalty added to his World Ranking point total.
World Rank Prev Rank Name PDGA # WRPR Adj RR Adj NET Adj USR Adj PWR Adj EOR Adj KOR Adj DGW Total
Pts
1 2 Paul McBeth 27523 1045 2.0 3.0 3 2 1 3 1 2.2
2 1 Richard Wysocki 38008 1047 1.0 0.8 2 9 7 5 1 4.2
3 3 Nathan Doss 11794 1038 5.0   8   4   6 5.3
4 19 Gregg Barsby 15857 1025 12.0 8.6 4 1 2 19 4 6.0
5 18 Paul Ulibarri 27171 1025 12.0 8.5 8 4 6 10 7 7.4
6 21 Cale Leiviska 24341 1034 7.5     8       7.8
7 6 Chris Dickerson 62467 1037 6.0   10 12     10 8.4
8 11 Matthew Orum 18330 1029 10.0     5       8.8
9 9 Seppo Paju 36744 1030 9.5 13.5 6 6 19 4 9 8.9
10 4 Nathan Sexton 18824 1036 6.5 8.8 1 21 7 7   10.0
10 8 Cameron Colglazier 47407 1029 10.0     9       10.0
12 22 Kevin Jones 41760 1025 12.0 7.0 16 9     5 10.9
13 12 Philo Brathwaite 26416 1021 14.0 5.9 4 20 13 14   11.7
14 5 Simon Lizotte 8332 1039 4.0 3.5 18 24 3 2 12 11.8
15 15 Calvin Heimburg 45971 1029 10.0     16       11.9

Complete September 2018 PDGA World Rankings (90 total) »

PDGA World Rankings - September 2018 - Women

Eligibility

  • Female competitors with a World Rankings Player Rating (WRPR; see Events/Categories section below) of 900 or higher based on a minimum of 12 rated rounds (at least 8 for non-North American competitors) are included to start the World Rankings process. They will be assigned a World Ranking if they meet one of the following criteria:
    • Completed 2018 Pro Worlds in Open Women division or earned points in at least two of the events/categories listed in the "Events/Categories" section below
    • A World Ranking is always assigned to female competitors with a WRPR of 920 or higher. However, one of the following penalties may apply.
      • If the competitor did not complete or earn points in any event or series included in World Rankings, she receives an 8-point penalty added to her World Ranking point total.
      • If the competitor completed or earned points in just one series or event (excluding MPO in Worlds) included in World Rankings, she receives a 4-point penalty added to her World Ranking point total.
World Rank Prev Rank Name PDGA # WRPR Adj RR Adj NET Adj USR Adj PWR Adj EOR Adj KOR Total
Pts
1 1 Paige Pierce 29190 972 1.0 0.7 1 2     1.2
2 4 Sarah Hokom 34563 961 2.0 1.5 8 3     3.3
3 9 Henna Blomroos 59227 957 4.0       2 2 3.6
4 5 Eveliina Salonen 64927 955 5.0 1.3     4 1 3.7
5 2 Catrina Allen 44184 952 6.0 1.1 5 6 1 3 4.3
6 2 Valarie Jenkins 17495 958 3.0       2   6.9
7 7 Jessica Weese 50656 944 8.0 6.1 11 3     7.1
8 25 Paige Bjerkaas 33833 936 12.0 7.1 9 1     7.8
9 5 Lisa Fajkus 32654 946 7.0 3.1 11 12     8.5
10 17 Kristin Tattar 73986 925 24.5 1.6 4 8 6 4 9.0
11 12 Madison Walker 59431 940 10.0 7.1 7 10     9.3
12 11 Nicole Bradley 51229 936 12.0 8.7   15     12.4
13 18 Zoe Andyke 39504 927 23.0 7.4 5 6     12.9
14 14 Elaine King 3090 934 16.0 7.4   13     13.8
15 13 Jennifer Allen 15354 939 11.0 8.7         14.5
15 16 Vanessa Van Dyken 62325 922 26.0 6.4 2 22 8 9 14.5

Complete September 2018 PDGA World Rankings (43 total) »

World Rankings - Process Details

WRPR

The World Ranking Player Rating (WRPR) used for this calculation is based on a straight average of round ratings during the 12 most recent months prior to the date of the most recent PDGA Player Ratings update. Note that a player's WRPR could easily be different from a player’s official PDGA Player Rating, especially for those who are less active. This is because the 12 months used for the WRPR is the same period for everyone, unlike the official PDGA Player Ratings where the 12 months used are based on the individual player’s most recent 12-month period of actively competing in PDGA-sanctioned events. Furthermore, unlike official PDGA Player Ratings, the most recent 25% of round ratings are not double-weighted for the WRPR and no very low rated rounds are excluded.

Adjusted Rating Rank (Adj. RR)

The Adjusted RR (WRPR) Rank is the lower value of their rank below the top rated male/female or the amount of rating points their WRPR is below the top rated player of their gender multiplied by 0.5. The player with the highest WRPR receives a rank of 1. Let’s say their rating is 1055. A player with a WRPR of 1035 would receive an Adjusted RR of 11 (i.e. 1 + 0.5 x [1055 – 1035]) regardless how many players have a WRPR above them. From a practical standpoint, each rating point difference between players is worth less than 0.1 throw. When a player wins an event, it's at least by one throw. Using the 0.5 multiplier in this WRPR process tightens up the spacing between players to reflect the reality that a player with a rating only one point lower than another will lose to the higher rated player by roughly one half throw every 4-6 rounds.

Event-Specific Points

The finish position of every player being ranked in the World Rankings is entered in a table. Then, their adjusted finish position is determined based only on how they finished relative to each other. Let's say the player finishing 15th at the USDGC (USWDGC) currently has a 990 (890) rating so they're not part of the World Rankings. The World Ranked player who finished 16th moves up to 15th place for ranking points. Every world ranked player below them also moves up one position. The number of USDGC (USWDGC) points will equal whatever a player’s adjusted ranking position turns out to be. In other words, if a player has 14 World Ranked players who finished ahead of them at the USDGC (USWDGC), they would get 15 USDGC (USWDGC) points. Players who are tied get the same number of points.

National Tour & EuroTour Points

The average of a man’s best four finishes (women – best three) in either NTs (National Tour) or ETs (Eurotour) in the past 12 months will be a factor worth 20% of their World Ranking Points. Because the strength of fields in the NT versus ET can vary more than 35 rating points, a bonus has been added that can reduce a player’s ranking (lower is better) in an event by up to 0.25. For men, the average rating of the top 15 finishers is subtracted from 1000 and divided by 100. So, an event where the top 15 finishers average 1020, each player in that event would get an added deduction from their finish position equal to 0.20 ([1020-1000]/100) as a bonus. If the average of the top 15 is less than 1000, no bonus is calculated. For women, the average rating of the top 4 finishers is calculated, subtracted from 930, then divided by 100.

Weighting Factors

A player’s Adjusted Rating Ranking points will be weighted from 10% to 100% depending on how many major events each played. The more major events a player completes, the less weight their Adj RR receives. If a player completes no major events nor participates in at least four events in the NT/ET series, their WRPR Points will get 100% weight, but the player will also receive the maximum in penalty points (see below). The weighting percentages for each major event will fluctuate depending on the player turnout each year. The major events for men and separately for women with the largest field sizes will be capped at a max of 25% weight with others receiving less weight proportionately based on field size.

Time Period Weighting

The weighting for each major event will slightly decrease in each update during the year each event is counted in the rankings by using the following weighting factors. Event played in past 3 months = 1.09, past 4-6 months = 1.03, past 7-9 months = 0.97 and past 10-12 months = 0.91.

Final Ranking

The weights are multiplied by the points earned for each item to determine a player's point total. The total points for each player are ranked from low to high to determine their World Ranking. Tied players receive the same ranking but their order on the list is based on who has the higher WRPR rating.