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Quiz: Men’s World No 1s

It’s a coveted position, but who has been at the top in the last four decades?

 

After back-to-back wins, the current World No 1 is on fire. Can you name all of the men’s World No 1s on our quiz, dating back to the inception of the Official World Golf Rankings?

April 6, 1986 was the date that the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) began, and since then, the OWGR has been the definitive answer as to who the best players in the world are.

In the almost-four decade history of the OWGR, only 25 men have ever climbed to the summit and been able to say they have been the best player in the world.

Those 25 players hail from ten different nations, with the likes of England, Northern Ireland, Spain and the United States all featuring.

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This man spent just a single week at the top of the Official World Golf Rankings… Can you name him?

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There are some big names on the list, while there are also a few names that you might struggle to get. However, we have provided the timeframes and nationalities of each man to have sat at the summit of the OWGR.

Can you name all the men who have made it to World No 1 in our quiz, powered by Sporcle? You’ve got ten minutes to get all 25 names, good luck!

Fancy trying your hand on some more quizzes? Check out more quizzes on our website here.

How did you get on with this one? How many men’s World No 1s did you get on our quiz? Let us know with a post on X, formerly Twitter!

Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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