Week 51 saw three amateur golfers successfully making cuts in professional tournaments. Alvaro Ortiz of Costa Rica finished in 23rd place at the Costa Rica Golf Classic, an event co-sanctioned by the Tour de las Americas and the Canada Golf Tour, while Thailand’s Thanyakorn Klongpa earned 39th place at the Asian Tour’s Cambodian Open and WAGRanked 1, Danny Lee of New Zealand, again performed well in achieving 24th place at the Australian Open.
Building on his 11th place finish at the Australian Masters a fortnight ago, Lee, 18, was the only amateur to make the cut, extending his lead at the top of the WAGRanking. Following his final round, the Kiwi announced that he would be turning professional after April’s Masters, losing his exemptions to both The Open Championship and the US Open. In the meantime, he will play in no more amateur tournaments but will rely, instead, on invitations to professional events.
Klongpa, Thailand’s number one ranked player, rose 230 places to WAGRank 663 after his performance at the Cambodian Open. He, too, was the only amateur to make the cut. Also finishing as the top amateur at a professional event was Costa Rican, Alvaro Ortiz, who, as Costa Rica’s top-ranked amateur, was invited to play in the Costa Rica Golf Classic. An ex-professional, Ortiz carded a 69 in his final round to finish on 290 and earn a share of 23rd place. Ortiz climbs 330 places to occupy WAGRank 494.
Once place below Ortiz, up 50 places to WAGRank 495, is Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung, winner of last week’s Sabah Junior Masters. Completing Week 51’s Roll of Honour is Jin Jeung of Korea who jumps 37 places to be WAGRanked 405 after winning the Port Phillip Amateur.