Clement Goes Wire-to-Wire and Reaches No 11

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The Men

Performances of the week

Clement Goes Wire-to-Wire and Reaches No 11

  • With three sub-par rounds, England’s Todd Clements secured the men’s individual title at the European Nations Cup at Sotogrande on five under par 283. His reward is a rise of seven places up the men’s ranking to world number 11. Clements led from start to finish over four rounds in southern Spain, as the reigning English Amateur champion, 21, finished five shots ahead of Ireland’s Alex Gleeson, Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen from Denmark and team-mate Gian-Marco Petrozzi. Clement helped England to the team title too, on 11-under 853, breezing 20 strokes clear of the Irish side.

Thornberry Retains Top Spot

  • American Braden Thornberry enjoys a second week at the top of the men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. Indeed, there are no changes to the top 10. Thornberry took over from long-time No 1 Joaquin Niemann at the summit of the standings last week, with the Chilean, still only 19, shining on his professional debut to finish sixth at the Valero Texas Open on the PGA Tour.

Ban Tops the Mountain

  • Shinatro Ban has moved into the world’s top 20 after his victory at the Mountain West Conference Championship at the Tucson National Golf Resort. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas player recorded rounds of 68-67-65 for a 16-under total and a nine-stroke victory, helping him move five places to number 18.

Top 50 movers

  • Canada’s Hugo Bernard makes a climb of six places to 48th, while American Matthew Wolff has grabbed 50th spot after a one-place rise.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • American Jordan Less makes the week’s biggest gain, by climbing 1,402 places to world number 4,335.

The Women

Performances of the week

Panthong Breaks into Top 10

  • Kent State sophomore Pimnipa Panthong shot a two-under 69 to finish at eight-under 208 to win the Mid-American Conference Championship at Naperville Country Club. Panthong has cause for further celebration as the win has taken the Thailand player up three places to ninth spot on this week’s women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. She is the only Thai in the top 10.

May Masters the Links

  • English teenager Lily May Humphreys secured her biggest win to date over an international field at the Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open Championship at Royal Troon and has now climbed up 15 places to 59th on the Ranking, having only recently turned 16 years old. Reigning English women’s amateur champion Humphreys finished on nine under par after a superb closing four-under 68 in the breezy conditions, helped by a hat-trick birdies from the seventh.
    Scot Chloe Goadby, who finished only a shot behind Humphreys in Ayrshire, also won the BUCS Golf Tour Finals at Woodhall Spa, representing the University of Stirling. Goadby is up 88 places this week to 297th.

    Great Dane at Sotogrande

    • In the Women's division at the European Nations Cup at Sotogrande, Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen finished seven-over 295 to win by two strokes over France’s Candice Mahe. Denmark’s Nielsen saved her best for last, birdieing three of the last four holes, including the closing two. She has climbed 18 places to 209th in the female standings as a result of her achievement.

      Top 50 movers

      • Germany’s Leonie Harm is up seven places to 44th in the world, with American Jennifer Chang rising two spots to 50th.

      Biggest ranking improvement

      • Climbing 609 places to 1,623 in the world, Sifat Alag from India is the biggest female mover this week.