Amateur Champion Gregory becomes world number eight

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The Men

Performances of the week

Amateur Champion Gregory becomes world number eight

  • Scott Gregory advances 36 rankings to number eight on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM after the biggest win of his life. The 21-year-old Englishman called winning the 121st Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl “a dream come true.”
  • Gregory arrived at Royal Porthcawl hoping to improve his world ranking so he could be eligible for the U.S. Amateur Championship. He not only achieved that goal, he earned spots in the Open Championship at Royal Troon next month, plus invites to the Masters and U.S. Open next year.
  • “I can’t believe I’m going to play in the Open Championship,” he said.
  • Gregory was the last man standing out of the 288 players who began the week. He defeated Robert MacIntyre 2&1 in the 36-hole final. The 19-year-old Scot jumps 24 places into the top 30 to 26th.
  • Scotland’s Connor Syme finished leading qualifier by two shots with a 6-under-par 136. Syme, who lost in the fourth round, advances five places to 34th.

Morikawa soars at Sunnehanna

  • American Collin Morikawa breaks into the top 30 after winning the rain-shortened Sunnehanna Amateur in style. Morikawa returned a bogey free 8-under-par 62 in the final round. His 11-under-par 199 gave him a three-shot victory. He becomes the world’s 29th best player with a rise of 16 rankings.

Top 20 movers

  • Poland’s Adrian Meronk is the only new top 20 player with a rise of 11 places to 11th after reaching the semi-final of the Amateur Championship.

Top 50 movers

  • Nick Hardy of the United States is the only player to break into the top 50. He moves seven places to 49th.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • American Michael Haack jumps of 1,226 rankings to world number 3,240.

The Women

Performances of the week

Win takes Gillman into top 100

  • Kristen Gillman of the United States rode an opening 66 to victory in the Toyota Junior World Cup in Japan. The Austin, Texas native added further scores of 69, 71 and 72 for a 10-under-par 278. Gillman, who begins her college golf career at the University of Alabama in September, took the title by four shots from Japan’s Mone Inami.
  • Gillman climbs 13 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM to 100th. Inami improves 170 rankings to world number 348.

Stephenson wins Eastern Amateur in playoff

  • Lauren Stephenson of the United States breaks into the world top 60 after winning the Eastern Amateur Championship in a sudden death playoff. Stephenson, who recently transferred from Clemson to the University of Alabama, defeated August Kim after the pair had tied on 7-under-par scores of 209.
  • Stephenson advances 12 places this week to 51st. Kim breaks into the top 80 with a 14-ranking rise to 79th.

Kim wins first AJGA title

  • Gina Kim lifted her first American Junior Golf Association title when she won the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. The Chapel Hill, North Carolina native defeated Emilia Migliaccio by two shots after posting an 8-over-par 288 total. Kim nearly halves her world ranking, rising 298 places to world number 302. Migliaccio breaks into the world top 200 with a jump of 34 spots to 176th.

Top 100 movers

  • There are no new top 20 or 50 players this week, while Lucia Gutierrez of Peru joins Gillman in the top 100 by edging up two places to 99th.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • England’s Annabell Fuller takes that honour this week with a move of 664 Rankings to world number 1,895 after winning the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.