As the dust starts to settle with the 2018 Volvik World Long Drive Championship coming into focus in the rear view mirror, the World Long Drive Association begins the exercise of turning the page toward 2019.
Among that process includes an updated World Long Drive rankings outlook, a reflection of competitor results over the course of the past two full seasons, along with the current season*. That means the latest rankings take into account a competitor’s results during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and also will incorporate future finishes in 2019 events leading up to next season’s Volvik World Long Drive Championship. Points received from the previous five world championships (2014-’18) also continue to count toward ranking points.
As a result, the names at the top of the latest rankings remain familiar, with the current top-five consisting of: Justin James (No. 1), Maurice Allen (No. 2), Will Hogue (No. 3), Ryan Steenberg (No. 4) and Kyle Berkshire (No. 5).
Berkshire moves inside the top-5 for the first time, jumping up 12 spots from the beginning of the 2018 season where he began as the No. 17 ranked competitor. Other notable jumps in the current rankings include:
Justin Moose: current No. 6 in the world after beginning the season at No. 20 (up 14 spots)
Jeff Gavin: current No. 8; started 2018 at No. 24 (up 16 spots)
Mark Costello: current No. 11; started 2018 at No. 36 (up 25 spots)
Stephen Kois: current No. 14; started 2018 at No. 26 (up 12 spots)
Jim Waldron: current No. 15; started 2018 at No. 27 (up 12 spots)
Wes Patterson: current No. 15; started 2018 at No. 48 (up 33 spots)
Josh Cassaday: current No. 17; started 2018 at No. 32 (up 15 spots)
Eddie Fernandes: current No. 19; started 2018 at No. 47 (up 28 spots)
Click HERE for the full list of the current World Long Drive rankings.
*Explanation of Ranking Points:
Rankings are calculated based on points earned from World Long Drive Association events, in addition to events being staged by the following international partners: International Golf Association of New Zealand (IGANZ), American Golf UK, ILDC, Quantum Driving South Africa, Long Drivers of Japan, Golf Digest Japan. Points additionally are awarded for a select number of non-sanctioned events.
Points are calculated for each competitor based on an accumulation of a two-year ‘rolling’ period with points awarded for two full seasons, along with the current season. The current rankings reflect points accrued during the two-year period of the 2017 and 2018 seasons, which also will include future points earned during the course of the 2019 season leading up to the 2019 Volvik World Long Drive Championship. After which, the 2017 results will drop off to account for the new two-year period of the 2018-19 seasons.
The only exception to the above is that points awarded at the Volvik World Long Drive Championship will contribute to a competitor’s ranking for a five year period (2014-18), with points reduced in equal decrements for each year that passes (i.e. points earned for finish in 2014 Volvik World Long Drive Championship will count for less than points earned for the same finish in 2018 World Championship).