In week 48, England’s Stiggy Hodgson, 18, won the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship in the United Arab Emirates. Hodgson beat his countryman and world number 88, Tommy Fleetwood, to take the title at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club over a championship course measuring over 7,500 yards. He moves up twenty-four places to number 228 as a result of the victory.
Also making a sharp climb up the rankings was South Africa’s Steven Ferreira who won the Central Gauteng Amateur at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. The win lifts Ferreira up 287 places to a new position of 327th. Fellow South African, Yubin Jung, has also made a big move, up 149 places to 122nd after a top-ten finish at the same event.
In the top-ten, Zack Sucher and Adam Mitchell of the USA have each risen two places to number four and number five respectively and, in what is expected to be his last week in the World Amateur Golf Ranking before turning professional, Callum Macaulay is up 3 places to 6th position. Last week’s featured player, Jorge Fernandez, has moved into the top-100, up 50 places to number 98.
Danny Lee remains world number one despite pulling out of the UBS Hong Kong Open last week due to illness. He is, however, expected to compete at this week’s Australian Masters where he will benefit from having fellow Kiwi Michael Campbell’s caddy on his bag.