At the beginning of 2014, EDGA made a commitment to change the then Order of Merit to a Ranking System. The pursuit of three interconnecting objectives was behind the decision.
Even so, EDGA recognised that golf is for all and the higher handicap players may not have the same ability to score around par; even so, they are just as competitive, and so the new system allowed for three different divisions and to find the leading players in multiple categories.
The new system was named R4GD (Ranking for Golfers with Disability), and it became effective from 2015 allowing players to receive points based on their performance in every counting round and to receive additional points for finishing in the top places depending on the strength of the field. The ranking was designed to be a rolling 104 weeks cycle of results, and EDGA worked with golf’s leading authorities to ensure a fair system was implemented. It was also decided that professional golfers would only be eligible to be included in the gross ranking.
In January 2019 the administration of EDGA’s R4GD became the responsibility of WAGR (World Amateur Golf Rankings) and has now been renamed to WR4GD (World Rankings for Golfers with Disability).
EDGA is committed to providing tools and services to the game of golf that encourages integration, inclusiveness and respect for all golfers with disability. The R4GD is just one of several initiatives that EDGA has created which help to meet our objectives.