2015's Year-End Top 50 In the World Golf Rankings

Jordan Spieth of the United States celebrates after a hole-in-one on the second hole druing the first round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, The Bahamas on December 3, 2015
Go ahead, Jordan Spieth, you're allowed to smile after finishing 2015 No. 1 in the world golf rankings. Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Below are the golfers who finished in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of 2015 (in the final rankings released by the OWGR that year, dated Dec. 27, 2015).

The No. 1-ranked golfer a year's end was Jordan Spieth, who was 22 years old when the year ended. And what a season Spieth had in 2015:

  • He came fourth at the British Open and second at the PGA Championship;
  • He won three other PGA Tour events, including the Tour Championship;
  • He was the tour's money leader, scoring leader, FedEx Cup champion and Player of the Year.

Yep, that's how to wrap up the No. 1 ranking.

We'll offer some more notes and trivia below the list.

Top 50 Year-End Golf Rankings, 2015

1. Jordan Spieth
2. Jason Day
3. Rory McIlroy
4. Bubba Watson
5. Henrik Stenson
6. Rickie Fowler
7. Justin Rose
8. Dustin Johnson
9. Jim Furyk
10. Patrick Reed
11. Sergio Garcia
12. Adam Scott
13. Zach Johnson
14. Branden Grace
15. Hideki Matsuyama
16. Brooks Koepka
17. Kevin Kisner
18. Louis Oosthuizen
19. Danny Willett
20. Matt Kuchar
21. Shane Lowry
22. Paul Casey
23. Kevin Na
24. J.B. Holmes
25. Jimmy Walker
26. Marc Leishman
27. Martin Kaymer
28. Thongchai Jaidee
29. Byeong Hun An
30. Russell Knox
31. Bernd Wiesberger
32. Emiliano Grillo
33. Victor Dubuisson
34.

Phil Mickelson
35. Charl Schwartzel
36. Andy Sullivan
37. Justin Thomas
38. Kiradech Aphibarnrat
39. Robert Streb
40. Anirban Lahiri
41. Billy Horschel
42. Bill Haas
43. Matthew Fitzpatrick
44. Chris Wood
45. Soren Kjeldsen
46. Jamie Donaldson
47. Danny Lee
48. Scott Piercy
49. Brandt Snedeker
50. Lee Westwood
View more rankings from the end of 2015 (.pdf file)

Spieth moved up from the No. 9 ranking he held at the end of 2014. A few more notes:

  • Where is Tiger Woods? Nowhere near the Top 50. In 2014, Woods finished at No. 32, which was the lowest year-end ranking of his professional career outside of his rookie year of 1996, when he played only a handful of tournaments near the tail-end of the season. In 2015, Woods - after an injury-plagued and injury-curtailed year - finished all the way down at No. 416.
  • The second-best golfer of the Woods Era, Phil Mickelson, finished 2015 at No. 34. He was No. 14 in 2014 and No. 5 in 2013.
  • The No. 1 golfer in 2014, Rory McIlroy, dropped to No. 3 at the end of 2015. Which is one way to get a handle on how good the golf was in 2015: McIlroy dropped two spots despite winning twice on the PGA Tour and twice more on the European Tour during the year.
  • Jason Day was No. 8 in 2014, but moved up to No. 2 behind Spieth. All Day did during 2015 was match Spieth's five PGA Tour victories. And one of them was a major: The 2015 PGA Championship.
  • Brooks Koepka moved from No. 34 at the end of 2014 to No. 16 in the year-end 2015 rankings. And Kevin Kisner jumped all the way from No. 236 in 2014 to No. 17 at the end of 2015.
  • American golfers held the most spots in the year-end 2015 rankings, with 20.

2014 rankings

For more, return to the World Golf Rankings index on About.com.