A new man sits at the top of the WAGRankings in Week 16 following Danny Lee’s decision to turn professional after the Masters Tournament. Scott Arnold, who has recently said that his big goal for the year is The Amateur Championship at Formby and West Lancs golf clubs this June, has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top after the Ranking system was altered to make fairer for players like Arnold who play in many amateur events.
But the Australian’s status as the world’s number one amateur is far from safe. Week 16 saw victories from four players in the WAGR Top 10.
The USA’s Rickie Fowler took the Aggie Invitational at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas. After opening with a 7 under-par 65, the Oklahoma State University sophomore registered a 73 to claim his first victory of the season ahead of team-mate, Morgan Hoffmann, at the event which was reduced to 36 holes after heavy thunderstorms hit the course. Fowler is, once again WAGRanked 2, while Hoffmann is up one place to 4.
Meanwhile, University of Washington junior, Nick Taylor, won his fourth collegiate tournament of the year at the US Intercollegiate. The Canadian, whose recent win at the Oregon Duck Invitational broke the previous school record of two collegiate victories in a season, shot a final-round 63 in reaching a tournament total of 12 under-par. Taylor’s extraordinary start to the season has seen him rocket up the Rankings, and this week is no exception. He’s up three to WAGRank 6.
Over at Frederica Golf Club in Sea Island, Georgia, the University of Florida’s Billy Horschel took individual medalist honours at the SEC Championship. Horschel’s three rounds of 68, 67 and 71 gave the senior his third lowest career total (10 under-par) as he helped his college team to a third place finish. Horschel is rewarded with a 5-pace jump to WAGRank 8.
Not to be outdone, Marquette’s Mike Van Sickle who has risen one place to WAGRank 9 this week after winning the Palisades Collegiate Classic in Charlotte, North Carolina. He overcame a two shot deficit on the last day with a fantastic 6 under-par 66, finishing the event with a tournament record total of 200, one stroke off his personal best three-round score. The All-American now has an impressive 11 collegiate wins under his belt.
Finally, mention must be made of New Zealand’s Danny Lee. Lee occupied the top spot in the World Amateur Golf Ranking since the 2008 US Amateur and proved to be a worthy McCormack Medal winner. He has already taken a European Tour title and is sure to do well now he is in the paid ranks. From all the staff at WAGR: Good luck Danny!