Maguire spearheads amateur charge in U.S. Women’s Open

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The Women

Maguire spearheads amateur charge in U.S. Women’s Open

  • Leone Maguire leads a large amateur contingent in this week’s U.S. Women’s Open. The number one player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM is one of 21 amateurs in the 156-women field at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
  • Three more world top 10 players join Maguire. World number two Hye-jin Choi, fifth ranked Eun-jeong Seong, eighth placed Mariel Galdiano and world number 10 Jennifer Kupcho also tee it up. Three other top 20 players will contend for the title in Bailey Tardey (11), Lauren Stephenson (16) and Virginia Elena Carta (17).

Performances of the week

Gainer joins WAGR table with English win

  • Cara Gainer takes her place on the WAGR table after winning the English Women's Open Match Play Championship at Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club. The member of Castle Royal Golf Club in Berkshire defeated England international Lizzie Prior 3&2. The 21-year-old takes her place on the WAGR table at world number 1,732. Prior is ranked 186th.

Nielsen improves after Danish Amateur win

  • Denmark’s Sofie K Nielsen improves 25 places to 339th after winning the Danish International Amateur Championship at Silkeborg Ry GolfKlub. Nielsen was the only player to match par for 72 holes with scores of 72, 71, 71 and 74 for a 288 total and a four-shot victory.

Top 20 movers

  • Pimnipa Panthong of Thailand is the only new top 20 player. She edges up one spot to 20th.

Top 50 movers

  • Two players join the top 50. Alyaa Abdulghany of the United States rises four rankings to 47th, while Korea’s Yujeong Son improves three places to 49th.

    Biggest ranking improvement

    • England’s Hannah Screen makes the week’s biggest move with rise of 680 rankings to world number 1,697.

    The Men

    Scott gets European Tour test

    • Scotland’s Sandy Scott will get an idea of just how good Europe’s elite professionals are with a start in this week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. The Walker Cup squad player from Nairn is currently ranked 157th on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM. A good performance would improve his chances of playing against the United States at Los Angeles Country Club in September.

    Performances of the week

    Theegala reigns at Sahallee

    • American Sahith Theegala moves 26 places to 64th after defeating Australia’s Min Woo Lee in the Sahalee Players Championship. Theegala won at the first playoff hole after the pair had tied on 3-under-par 285. Lee improves six places to 45th.

    Axelsen wins Danish Amateur

    • Denmark’s John Axelsen moves five rankings to 19th after winning his national amateur championship. He returned scores of 74, 74, 68 and 69 for a 3-under-par 285 at Silkeborg Ry Golfklub for a two-shot victory.

    Jensen’s dream comes true 

    • Woburn Golf Club member proves it pays to keep dreaming with victory in the English Mid-Amateur Championship at Beau Desert. Jensen spent 30 years building up a business while dreaming of playing full time amateur golf. The 51-year-old realised that dream with a two-shot victory to win the Logan Trophy. He also makes his debut on the WAGR table with a ranking of 5,240.

    Top 20 movers

    • Denmark’s John Axelsen is the only new top 20 player after his Danish International Amateur Championship victory.

    Top 50 movers

    • Americans Ryan Gronlund and Theo Humphrey join Min Woo Lee in the top 50. Gronlund jumps 172 places to 46th, while Humphrey rises four places to 50th.

    Biggest ranking improvement

    • Denmark’s Frederik Kjettrup is the most improved player with a jump of 1,663 places to world number 3,786.