In Week 10, two members of Great Britain & Ireland’s 2009 Walker Cup went head-to-head in the final of the Spanish Amateur Championship at Club de Golf La Cañada in San Roque. Englishmen Matt Haines and Tommy Fleetwood produced an enthralling contest which was not decided until the 37th hole, despite Haines holding the lead on seven separate occasions.
It was a Haines birdie-four at the first extra hole that eventually decided the winner, giving the Kent-based amateur his first major match play title. He becomes the third Englishman to win the Spanish Amateur in four years, following Sam Hutsby, John Parry and Danny Willett.
Thanks to his victory, Haines advances 18 places to 10 in the Ranking this week. And there is some consolation for Fleetwood in an eight-place jump to WAGRank 8.
Over in the United States, Russell Henley took the Wendy’s Charleston Shootout by one stroke at the Links at Stono Ferry in Hollywood, South Carolina. The University of Georgia junior, who is up 6 to WAGRank 16 this week, fired three consecutive rounds of 69 for a winning total of 207, nine under par. This latest triumph is Henley’s second victory of the season and the fourth of his college career.
Across in California, Tarquin MacManus shot a final-round, six-under-par 66 to claim the Braveheart Classic by two strokes. The Australian, who is in his junior year at the University of Arizona, opened with two level-par rounds 72 at Oak Valley Golf Club, before accelerating away from the field with a sensational 66. MacManus concludes Week 10 WAGRanked 64, up 28 from the previous week.
Finally, rising Indian star Rashid Khan secured his eighth tournament victory of the season with a comfortable five-shot victory at the NCR Cup, held at Delhi Golf Course. The 18-year-old, who is up 19 to 27th in the Ranking, is now focusing on the Asian Games, which will take place later this year.
''I am feeling great. It has been a great season where I won seven tournaments on a trot and I want to continue my good form through the year,” said Khan. ''This year is a special one with the Asian Games to be held in November and I am keenly looking forward to play in the event as this will be one of the biggest events in my life.''
Italy’s Matteo Manassero remains WAGR Number One.