The Rushcliffe Order of Merit is a season-long competition similar in style to the European Tour’s Race to Dubai & the PGA Tour’s FedExCup - it is run in parallel with a number of the Club’s existing competitions. At the end of the season the Order of Merit’s top-30 & ties (excluding the top-4) compete in a Playoff, the top-4 from which join the top-4 from the Order of Merit in an 8-player Final.
The inaugural winner of The Rushcliffe Order of Merit in 2017 was Phil Lynch, when the final was played at PGA National (The Belfry). The other five finalists in 2017 were James Charlton, Kevin Edwards, Mike Faulkner, Andrew Krakiewicz & James Lynch.
The 2018 8-player Final will be played at Rotherham Golf Club, the only club in England to boast a Masters Tournament (Augusta National Golf Club, USA) winner as a member - Danny Willett having won the coveted Green Jacket in 2016.
Entry into The Rushcliffe Order of Merit is automatic & free. Throughout the season Order of Merit updates will be posted on The Rushcliffe Order of Merit noticeboard in the Clubhouse & on the Club’s website, & coverage will be provided in the Club’s newsletter (RGC News). In each Event points are earned by those finishing inside the top-20, adjusted according to the Strength of Field (‘SOF’) &, where applicable, an increasing Load Factor so as to derive ‘Ranking Points’ (see below). In addition each player finishing outside the top-20 is credited with Bonus Points. Ranking Points earned across Events are aggregated to derive the Order of Merit.
The SOF concept is used in calculating the Official World Golf Rankings - for the purpose of The Rushcliffe Order of Merit the SOF is based on the number of recorded players in each Event. For the Club’s trophy / shield competitions (‘Major Events’) no SOF is applied but instead the points available are doubled. The last three non-Major Events of the season are subject to an increasing Load Factor such that the level of Ranking Points available is enhanced, allowing players to make a season-ending ‘push for the top’.