After beating a strong field to win the Western Refining College All-American in El Paso, Texas, last week, Mike Van Sickle has stormed into the Top 10, up ten places to WAGRank 4. The Marquette College senior posted a final round 63 (-8) to finish six under-par and enter a play-off with fellow American and Oklahoma State junior, Trent Leon, who ascends nine places to number 45. Van Sickle took the title at the sixth extra hole and, with it, registered his fourth victory of 2008 and his tenth as a college player.
Also victorious in Week 49 was Floris De Vries who won the individual event at the Copa Juan Carlos Tailhade in Los Lagartos, Argentina. The Dutchman, who also took the team title for the Netherlands with 2008 Amateur Champion, Reinier Saxton, finished with a level par 213 to win by one stroke. The win takes De Vries back into the world’s Top 100, jumping 35 places to number 96.
At the International Teams Championship, held in Maccauvlei, South Africa, PG Van Zyl won the individual event after a play-off against fellow South African, Steven Ferreira, the winner of the Central Gauteng Amateur in Week 48. Van Zyl moves 57 places to number 159 while Ferreira makes another significant stride up the rankings to occupy WAGRank 209, up from 327.
Danny Lee has extended his lead at the top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking after finishing 11th at the Australian Masters. On Lee’s bag was Michael Campbell’s caddie, Michael Waite, who has also worked for Robert Allenby and 1991 Open Champion, Ian Baker-Finch. When asked about Lee’s potential Waite said, “I think Tiger Woods will see him in his rear view mirror in the next few years.”