In Week 34, Korea’s Woo-hyun Kim took the Scratch Players Championship at Canterwood Golf and Country Club in Gig Harbor, Washington. The 18-year-old opened with a 65 on the par-72, 7,188-yard course on his way to the winning total of 269, nine under par. France’s Romain Wattel, the new WAGR number three, finished four strokes adrift in second place.
“I hit a lot of safe shots,” Kim explained. “The first two days, I made a lot of long putts. Third day, fourth day, I didn’t make them that much.”
As the 1852nd best amateur in the world, after a phenomenal 1917-place ascent, Kim now goes on to contest the US Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay, after which he is expected to turn professional.
“I haven’t thought too much about the US Amateur, but just like here, I’m going to hit a lot of safe shots,” he said.
In Scotland, Paul Shields edged out Steven Rennie at the second play-off hole to clinch the North of Scotland Open at Inverness, his first Scottish Golf Union Order of Merit Victory. Shields came from one stroke behind on the final day to tie with Rennie, who had himself come through the field with a final-round 64.
The first extra hole was halved in four, before Shields secured the win with a four on the next, to Rennie’s five. The victory gives lifts the 19-year-old, who represented Great Britain and Ireland during last year’s Jacques Leglise Trophy Match against the Continent of Europe, 68 places up the Ranking to 384th.
Dermot McElroy, who will form part of the GB&I team at this year’s Jacques Leglise Trophy Match in Italy, fired a final-round of 73 to win the Irish Boys’ Amateur Close Championship at Dungarvan Golf Club.
A third-round 75 left McElroy three clear going into a fourth round which was played out in testing conditions. The Ballymena member, up 281 to 862nd this week, excelled while others faltered, finishing on a one-under-par total of 287, seven strokes clear of runners-up Conor Glynn and Stuart Grehan.
Peter Uihlein remains the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.