Italy’s Luca Cianchetti will play in next year’s Open Championship

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The Men

Performances of the week

  • Italy’s Luca Cianchetti will play in next year’s Open Championship at Royal Birkdale after winning the European Amateur Championship. He’s the second straight Italian to win the title after Stefano Mazzoli.
  • Cianchetti returned scores of 72, 68, 65 and 67 for a 72-hole total of 272, 16-under-par. It wasn’t good enough to win outright, though. Norwegian Viktor Hovland, in part thanks to a course record 9-under-par 63 in the second round, tied Cianchetti for the lead.
  • A seven-hole playoff ensued, with Cianchetti prevailing. He jumps 23 places on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM to 31st. Hovland breaks into the top 20, rising 35 places to 20th.
  • Simon Zach of Czechoslovakia finished third and jumps 113 spots to 235th.

Meyer steals Horsfield’s thunder in Western Amateur

  • Sam Horsfield was the man to beat all week long in the Western Amateur Championship at Knollwood Club in Lake Forest in Illinois. Dylan Meyer did just that.
  • World number two Horsfield topped the stroke play qualifying by nine shots to enter the match play rounds as top seed. Meyer, the world’s 68th best player, had to survive a playoff to make the match play rounds. It proved meaningless in the final. Meyer won 3&1 to earn the biggest victory of his life.
  • Horsfield strengthens his hold on the number two spot behind Maverick McNealy, while Meyer improves 33 rankings to 35th.

    Top 20 movers

    • Hovland is the only new face in this week’s top 20.

    Top 50 movers

    • Two Americans join Cianchetti and Meyer in the top 50. William Gordon and Davis Riley both rise 10 places to 41st and 42nd respectively.

    Biggest ranking improvement

    • Ireland’s Jake Whelan makes the week’s biggest move, rising 2,360 rankings to world number 3,350.

    The Women

    Performances of the week

    Seong makes golf history

    • Eun-jeong SeongEun-jeong Seong’s U.S. Women’s Amateur victory put her into a class of her own in golf history: she is the first player to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship in the same season.
    • The 16-year-old Korean won the U.S. Women’s Amateur in dramatic fashion. She holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the final green of Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pennsylvania to win a tight match against Virginia Elena Carta of Italy. It helped her win the 36-hole final by one hole.
    • Seong climbs eight places on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM to break into the world top 20 at world number 14. Carta takes her place one spot above Seong in 13th after a six-ranking improvement.

    Wallin rises to Annika’s standard

    • Sweden’s Beatrice Wallin improves 26 places to 117th after winning the Annika Invitational Europe. She won by four shots over France’s Charlotte Lafourcade and Paula Neira Garcia of Spain at Bokskogens Golfklubb after scores of 74, 69 and 67 for a 6-under-par 210 total.
    • Neira Garcia climbs 60 places to 343rd, while Lafourcade jumps 56 rankings to 443rd.

    Hausmann wins German Amateur

    • Sophie Hausmann rises 33 places to 190th after victory in the German Amateur Championship.

    Top 20 movers

    • Mathilda Cappeliez of France joins Seong in the top 20. She improves six spots to 20th.

    Top 50 movers

    • Czechoslovakia’s Karolina Vlckova is the only player to break into the top 50, rising two places to 50th.

    Top 100 movers

    • Dylan Kim of the United States is the only new top 100 player with a move of 102 rankings to 89th.

      Biggest ranking improvement

      • Germany’s Anna Bautista takes that honour with a 637-place rise to world number 2,138.