Matsuyama climbs back into world top 10

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The Men

MatsuyamaHideki Matsuyama makes the most significant move on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. The two-time Asian Amateur champion climbs back into the world top 10.

Matsuyama climbs to sixth on this week’s ranking, a move of six places. The Japanese player has come close this season to emulating his victory on last year’s Japan Tour. He bettered the professionals last year when he won the Taiheiyo Masters, and nearly did so again this season on several occasions.

He has four top tens in five starts on the Japan Tour this season. Matsuyama finished runner up in the Sun Chlorella Classic and Dunlop Phoenix, fourth in the Taiheiyo Masters and seventh in the Japan Open.

Australia’s Olive Goss was also impressive amongst the professionals recently with a top 20 finish in the Talisker Masters on the PGA Tour of Australia. The native of Perth, Western Australia moves up one spot on this week’s ranking to 20th. Winner of this year’s Western Australia Amateur Championship and Western Australia Open, Goss is the highest ranked Australian on the WAGR table, nine places ahead of Jake Higginbottom.

Goss is the only player this week to break into the world top 20. There are no movers into the top 50, while compatriot Ricky Kato breaks into the world top 100 with a move of 32 places to 87th.

Spain’s Antoni Ferrer jumps 256 places this week to 195th after victory in the Campeonato Argentino de Aficionados in Argentina. South Africa’s Tertius Van Den Bergh makes an even bigger move up the ranking after winning the Central Gauteng Open Stroke Play Championship. Van Den Bergh climbs 1176 spots to world number 2493.



The Women

French women have always impressed on the world stage, from Catherine Lacoste winning the 1967 US Women's Open Championship as a 22-year-old amateur, to Marie Laure De Lorenzi’s domination of the Ladies European Tour in the 1990s. Today’s French amateurs are following in their footsteps.

Celine Boutier, a student at Duke University in the United States, takes another step closer to the world top 10 after improving three places to 11th on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. Boutier, winner of this year’s European International Amateur Championship in Slovenia, is the world’s highest ranked French amateur.

Perrine Delacour is doing her best to overhaul Boutier on the WAGR table. She breaks into this week’s top 20, moving five places to 18th. A semi-finalist in this year’s Ladies British Amateur Championship at Carnoustie, Delacour is the world’s second highest ranked female French amateur.

Shannon Aubert climbs ten places this week to sit just outside the world top 50 in 52nd place, solidifying her position as the third best French amateur. Aubert’s move up the WAGR table was helped greatly this year by finishing runner-up to Boutier in the European International Amateur Championship.

New Zealand’s Mun Chin Keh moves up one spot this week to world number 32 after victory in the Omanu Classic in her homeland. She is the third highest ranked New Zealander after world number one Lydia Ko and Wenyung Keh, 28th on the WAGR table.

Argentina’s Vicky Villanueva climbs 399 places on this week’s table to world number 341 following victory in the Campeonato Argentino de Aficionadas.

No one breaks into this week’s world top 50, while Germany’s Ann-Kathrin Lindner moves one place into the top 100 in 100th place.