In the final week of the year, a victory for Peter Uihlein at the Dixie Amateur could not stop fellow American David Chung taking over at the top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking. A junior at Stanford University, Chung, who was defeated by Uihlein in the final of the US Amateur Championship earlier in the year, becomes the world’s best by virtue of a string of consistent performances over the course of a year which saw him claim victory at the Western Amateur.
Uihlein, however, once again underlined his status as one of golf’s hottest prospects with victory at Heron Bay Golf Club, Florida, in the Dixie Amateur. After opening with rounds of 67 and 70, the former world number one began the final round in a five-way tie for the lead, before firing a 66 to finish two strokes clear of a top-class field. It was Uihlein’s second successive victory in the event, a feat last achieved by Hal Sutton in 1978 and 1979.
Meanwhile, 2010 Boys Amateur Champion Max Rottluff registered an emphatic 11-shot win at the United States Junior Masters, which was held on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. The German, who ascends 603 places to 603rd this week, shot three consecutive rounds of one-under-par 71 to finish on a score of three under par, with nearest challenger Andreas Halvorsen of Norway back on eight over.
Elsewhere, Karan Vasudeva triumphed at the East India Amateur, defeating Suraj Ali 6&5 in the 36-hole final at Royal Calcutta Golf Club. It was Vasudeva’s second title in three weeks, taking him up another 50 places to WAGRank 539.
The USA’s David Chung is the new World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.