How to fix controversial DP World ratings

You only need to look at the top 10 in the Race to Dubai standings to know something needs to change. Alex Perry and George Cooper devised a plan

Another season completed and the dust cleaned up, Rory McIlroy capped a memorable 2022 championship by winning his fourth title in the Race to Dubai after topping the DP World Tour standings once again.

The world No. 1 ranked player ended up far behind his nearest rival, Ryan Fox, despite the New Zealander having had an exceptional year of his own, and with McIlroy playing just 10 events on the DP World Tour this season.

A quick look at the standings for the long season paints a similar picture, with star names dominating despite having barely appeared in the ring this season.

In short, the DP World Tour Rankings have once again underscored how deviant the system is from the major tournaments, with the Masters Championships, PGA Championship, US Open and Open Championship offering higher points compared to regular season events.

But with none of these events actually being run by the DP World Tour, and with only a select number of Keith Bailey members able to play in them, is it fair to include the majors within the Race to Dubai ranking? Here’s what two of our writers had to say on this week’s episode of The Slam…

“The majors should be excluded from the world rankings!”

it is easy, Writes George Cooper, take them out. Why on earth are the majors included in the DP World tour ranking? Yes, The Open is on European soil, but it’s run by R&A. It’s not a DP World Tour event. The US Open Championship is run by the USGA. The PGA Championship is run by the PGA of America. Masters is run by Augusta National. However, they all count within the DP World Tour Rankings. Nonsense.

Before you come back, yeah, I put them all on the DP World Tour schedule, and Keith Bailey wants name value in Race to Dubai. But the rating should be a pure indication of events run by the DP World Tour only.

Including majors distorts the whole system, and you get a case like Colin Morikawa wins the Race to Dubai without having actually played on the DP World Tour all season. So yes, the majors should be excluded from the rankings to give a fairer indication of each member’s performance throughout the season in the only DP World Tour events.

Something needs to be fixed

I’m fine with the inclusion of majors, Argues Alex Perrybut the Race to Dubai had to be changed regarding the number of events played.

We had an ironic situation this year where Will Zalatoris played two events on the DP World Tour – and we can’t even call them regular events, because they’ve both been on the PGA Tour – yet he finished seventh in the Race to Dubai, which far outpaces the guys who’ve played what Up to 30 events.

If you look at the top 10 finishers in the Race to Dubai, excluding the top teams, Rory McIlroy has played six events. Ryan Fox, 21. John Rahm, five. Matt Fitzpatrick, seven. Tommy Fleetwood, 10. Victor Hovland, seven. Zalatoris, two. Adrian Meronk, 22. Shane Lowry, 7. Thomas Pieters, 11. So, in the top 10, only two players have played more than 11 DP World Tour events, in what is essentially a 45 event season.

Something needs to be done, but it’s a fine line. The fact McIlroy won the Race to Dubai, having played less than a quarter of the DP World Tour season, something needs fixing there.

But at the end of the day, the DP World Tour doesn’t care because they’ve had their star win their race all season.

You can listen to George and Alex discuss more about the DP World Tour rankings – along with some other hot topics – on The Slam podcast. Click the button below, or set your preferred pod platform. Remember to tell us how you feel about this issue by tweeting to us @tweet.


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