It didn’t take Lydia Ko long to make her mark in the professional game. Ko won the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters tournament in Taiwan, just her second start as a professional.
It proves yet again that there isn’t much between the world’s best amateurs and professionals. Ko topped the World Amateur Golf Ranking before joining the professional ranks.
The New Zealand amateur set a record in amateur golf that might never be beaten. She won three straight Mark H. McCormack Medals from 2011-2013 as the world’s leading amateur golfer for each of those three years.
The fight to succeed Ko as the world’s number one for 2014 looks set to be a closely fought affair. Alison Lee of the United States maintains a narrow lead at the top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking on Australia’s Su-Hyun Oh, with Minjee Lee in third place. Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow occupies fourth with Annie Park of the United States in fifth.
Swaziland’s Nobuhle Dlamini holds sixth spot ahead of Kim Williams of South Africa. Denmark’s Emily Kristine Pedersen, Brooke Mackenzie Henderson of Canada and American Ashlan Ramsay occupy the eight to 10th spots respectively.
With Ko off the scene, each one of the top 10 is capable of succeeding her as Mark H. McCormack Medal winner. It’s a further testament to women’s amateur golf that seven nations are represented in the top 10.
There are no movers in this week’s top 20, but two players break into the top 50. Israel’s Laetitia Beck moves two places to 49th, while Anne-Catherine Tanguay of Canada improves three places to 50th.
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit of Thailand is among the winners this week in a slow period for the amateur game. She won the Pondok Indah International Junior Championship and climbs 29 places this week to world number 409.
Oliver Goss takes a significant step inside this week’s top 10 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking. The Australian climbs two places this week to become the world’s seventh best amateur.
There is no change to the world top seven, with England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick maintaining number one status over Cory Whitsett.
Cheng-tsung Pan of Taipei and Malaysia’s Gavin Kyle Green both move one spot this week to fill out the top 10. Pan moves to 9th in the world while Green breaks into the top 10 in 10th.
Two players climb inside this week’s top 20. Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent moves two places to become the world’s 19th best amateur. Taylor James MacDonald of Australia also improves two spots. He moves to 20th.
Northern Ireland’s Dermott McElroy breaks into this week top 50. He climbs two places to 49th. Matthias Schwab of Austria is the only other player to break into the top 50. Schwab, who finished runner-up in the 2012 Amateur Championship to Northern Ireland’s Alan Dunbar at Royal Troon, improves two spots to 50th.
The top 100 also sees two new faces. Americans Austin Connelly and Beau Hossler both move two rankings inside the top 100. Connelly becomes the 99th best amateur, while Hossler takes the 100th ranking.
Daniel Gurtner of Guatemala takes top billing in a week that saw a number of lowered ranked events held. He won the Guatemala National Junior Championship and soars up the World Amateur Golf Ranking as a result. Gurtner climbs 315 rankings this week to world number 229.