There is only one change to the top 10 in The R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking, with Joel Sjoholm of Sweden moving up one place to 10th as 16-year-old Japanese player Ryo Ishikawa drops out of sixth place to join the pro ranks. In May last year Ishikawa won the Munsingwear Open, a full pro event on the Japan Golf Tour. He has now entered for International Final Qualifying - Australasia to be played at The Lakes, Sydney, on February 5, in the hope of gaining entry into The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in July.
Sjoholm had an impressive year in 2007, losing a four-hole play-off for the European Amateur title to Benjamin Hebert of France and winning the US Club Golf Intercollegiate. He finished fourth in the US Collegiate Championship and was second-placed amateur in the Scandinavian Masters.
The Copa La Prensa at Mar del Plata in Argentina has been won by Esteban Martinez who moves up three places to 14th in the Ranking.
Ben Campbell claimed victory in the New Zealand Under-23 Championship at Taupo and finished well in the NZ Under-23 Team event at Hawkes Bay where the leading individual player was Danny Lee. In Spain, Moises Cobo finished on top in the Copa Nacional Puerta de Hierro played at Alicante and the Malaysian National Trial produced a new WAGR entrant in winner Nicholas Fung.