PDGA World Rankings
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
- 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
PDGA World Rankings - September 2018 - Women
- 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
|15||16||Vanessa Van Dyken||62325||922||26.0||6.4||2||22||8||9||14.5|
World Rankings - Process Details
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.
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.
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.
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.