South Africa’s Ryan Dreyer has climbed another two places in the WAGRanking after a play-off victory at the Gauteng North Open. Both Dreyer and runner-up Coenie Bester finished four rounds of Wingate Park Country Club on a total of 281 before Dreyer took the title with a birdie on the second extra hole. The 37-year-old professional poker player ends Week Five ranked eighth in the world.
Also continuing a remarkable run of form was Rashid Khan, who completed a massive 15-shot victory at the Rajasthan Open Amateur Championship. Going into the final round leading by 10 shots, victory always looked certain for Khan. But a final round of one-under-par 69 put the stamp on an emphatic victory. He moves up nine places to WAGRank 55.
"It felt extremely good to win this tournament,” said the 18-year-old. . “I think this golf course is lucky for me because the last time I won here, I climbed to the number one spot.”
Down in Australia, Michael Williams secured the biggest win of his amateur career to date in taking the NSW Amateur Stroke Play Championship in Newcastle. The 19-year-old’s 14-under-par total of 273 was enough for a two-stroke victory at the event, which also acts as a qualifier for the NSW Amateur Championship.
“It’s great to be were I am as the number one qualifier going into the NSW Amateur, but the number 1 can be beaten by the number 32 easily as there are so many good players through in this championship,” said Williams, who moves up 108 places to 278th.
Finally, Juan Carlos Cortes continues to tap into a rich vein of form, winning the Abierto de Granadilla by four shots in Week Five. It’s the third victory in as many weeks for the Chilean, and he is rewarded with a 27-place jump to WAGRank 199.
Italy’s Matteo Manassero remains WAGR Number One.