No luck in Curtis’s U.S. Amateur win

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The Men

Performances of the week

No luck in Curtis’s U.S. Amateur win

  • Curtis Luck moves to number three on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM by becoming only the third Australian to win the U.S. Amateur Championship. The 20 year-old from Perth defeated Brad Dalke 6 and 4 at Oakland Hills. He is the sixth international winner in the last 10 years.
  • Luck was seven up after the morning 18 and only needed steady golf to earn the biggest win of his life. He had been thinking of attending qualifying schools for the Japanese and European Tours, but those thoughts have been put on hold. His victory earns him spots in next year’s Masters, U.S. Open and Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Dalke rises 141 places to world number 124th.

  • Alex Smalley, from Wake Forest, North Carolina, led the 36-hole qualifying by a shot on 7-under-par 133. He lost in the second round but climbs 24 spots this week to 104th.

    Koivu flies high in Finland

    • Kim Koivu is the new Finnish national champion after winning the Finnish Amateur Championship. He breaks into the world top 100 with a 14-ranking move to 95th.

    Garfield pounces on Danish title

    • Marcus Garfield moves to world number 635 from last week’s position at 782 after winning the Danish Amateur Champion, the DM slagspil.

    Top 20 movers

    • Scottie Scheffler of the United States is the only new top 20 player. He edges up one place to 20th.

    Top 50 movers

    • Italy’s Guido Migliozzi joins the top 50 with a 2-ranking move to 50th.

    Biggest ranking improvement

    • American Alec Heinen is the week’s most improved player with a jump of 1,620 rankings to world number 4,582.

    The Women

    Performances of the week

    Amateurs excel in Rio Olympics

    • Three amateurs experienced golf’s successful return to the Olympics Games in 112 years with performances worthy of Olympian status. Leona Maguire, number one on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM, led the charge with a second round 6-under-par 65 to hint at the possibility of a medal. The member of team Ireland added further scores of 74 and 69 to finish on 2-under in joint 21st place.
    • Switzerland’s Albine Valenzuela matched Maguire’s performance to finish in 21st place. Tiffany Chan of Hong Kong finished 38th on 4-over-par.
    • Maguire spoke for all three when she said: “It's been a fantastic week. It's great for ladies golf.”
    • Maguire strengthens her grip on the world number one spot while Valenzuela moves into the world top 10 with a move of two spots to 9th. Chan stays in 18th place.

    Prices high in English Women’s Amateur

    • The finale of the English Women's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship came down to a battle between Emily and Georgia Price, although there was no sibling rivalry because they are unrelated. Georgia held the 36-hole lead after a superb 8-under-par 65, the low round of the tournament. However she faltered in the final round with a 77 to Emily’s 72, allowing the 16-year-old to overturn a three-shot deficit. Her 7-under-par 285 was good enough for two-shot victory.
    • Emily Price advances 568 rankings this week to 1,172nd, while Georgia improves 294 places to 1,056th.

    Top 100 movers

    • There are no new faces in the world top 20 or 50, while American Sarah Burnham is the only new top 100 entry. She rises two places to 100th.

      Biggest ranking improvement

      • Emily Price is the biggest mover courtesy of her English Amateur win.