Dann Masters Royal Melbourne despite scare

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The Men

Performance of the week

Dann Masters Royal Melbourne despite scare

  • Charlie Dann looked to be cruising to victory in the Australian Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne. He held a 54-hole, five-shot lead after scores of 69, 68 and 69. Unfortunately he picked the final round to post his worst score, and it nearly cost him dearly.
  • The member of Pelican Waters Golf Club in Queensland returned a closing 2-over-par 74 to open the door for Zach Murray. The 2015 champion closed with a 67 to force a playoff after the pair tied on 8-under 280.
  • Dann won at the first playoff hole after Murray bunkered his tee shot. He breaks into the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 100 as a result, jumping 61 places to 81st. Murray is also in the top 100. He’s ranked 98th.

Buckley starts 2017 in style

  • American Hayden Buckley rang in 2017 with victory in the New Year’s Invitational at St Petersburg Golf Club, Florida. The University of Missouri student handled the windy, cold conditions of the final round better than most. He returned a 2-over 74 to post a 6-under 282 and run out a two-shot winner over Peyton Wilhoit.
  • Buckley climbs 67 spots to 280th, while Wilhoit advances 202 rankings to world number 1,684.

Kaewkanjana conquers Philippines

  • Sadom Kaewkanjana of Thailand rises 21 places with victory in the Philippine Amateur Open Championship. He moves to 136th on the WAGR table to strengthen his status as the second best Thai amateur behind 33rd ranked KK Limbhasut.

Top 20 movers

  • Taipei’s Chun-An Yu is the only player to break into the top 20 by rising 10 spots to 13th.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Guatemala’s Rodrigo Rodas jumps 1,376 rankings to 3,715th after winning the Central American Junior Championship.

The Women

Performances of the week

Second time lucky for Martin

  • Emmy Martin only had to wait 12 months to make up for finishing second in the 2016 Harder Hall Women's Invitational in Sebring, Florida. A year later and Martin stood proudly with the trophy after leading wire-to-wire.
  • The Texas Christian University student put together scores of 72, 71, 69 and 74 for a 2-under-par 286. It gave her a five-shot victory over England’s Annabell Fuller.
  • Martin, from Odessa, Florida, rises 73 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM to 502nd. Fuller jumps 508 rankings to 737th.

Saso dominates Philippine Amateur

  • Yuko Saso of the Philippines makes a two-ranking rise this week to 141st after dominating her national amateur championship. Saso broke par in every round with scores of 69, 70, 69 and 71 for a 9-under-par 279 total to win the Philippine Amateur Open Championship by nine shots over Hee Hi Jim of Korea, who takes her place on the WAGR table at world number 2,616.

Top 50 movers

  • There are no new top 20 players this week, while Krystal Quihuis of the United States is the only player to move into the top 50 with a one-ranking rise to 50th.

Top 100 movers

  • Laura Fuenfstueck of Germany and Sweden’s Emma Svensson join the top 100 with identical moves of one spot to 99th and 100th respectively.

    Biggest ranking improvement

    • Australia’s Grace Kim makes the most impressive improvement on this week’s table thanks to a two-stroke victory in the Victorian Junior Masters. She soars 666 rankings.