I suspected it a while back, but confirmed this week that the Official World Golf Rankings have a mathematical flaw in their algorithm. I'm not talking about the subjective criteria used to assign points for each tournament, but rather the mathematical process that is used to compute "average"
What they are really trying to do is compute weighted average, but what they really do is something that ends up unintentionally penalizing players for having played in a lot of tournaments toward the end of the two year rolling period that they look at REGARDLESS OF HOW WELL THE PLAYER DID IN THE OLDER TOURNAMENTS.
A prime example is Sean O'Hair who won Quail Hollow just under two years ago- his current "average" points per tournament would actually be higher had he skipped this event.
I have not analyzed all the players yet, but looking at the top 8 and numbers 39 to 58, here are the players that would likely see their current ranking improve if the algorithm was made mathematically sound:
|Bo Van Pelt|
Luke Donald should be #2 and Mark Wilson & Charlie Hoffman should be in the current top 50.
To show how wrong their current algorithm is, I created a hypothetical which shows how player A who earns 10 points in all 52 tournaments he plays could be ranked BELOW player B who earns 9 points in each of the most recent 41 that player A played, but skipped the oldest 11 that player A played.
I filled out a comment on the OWGR website earlier this week, left a voice message earlier today followed up by an email, but have not gotten any response. Hopefully they will get back to me and sort things before US Open invites go out.