Peter Uihlein is the new World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One, assuming the position as the world’s best amateur after Italy’s Matteo Manassero announced his transition to the professional game. Despite not playing in Week 18, the Oklahoma State University sophomore earns his status as a result of WAGR’s 52-week schedule, which rewards consistency of performance over the year.
Uihlein, 20, was a stand-out performer at last September’s Walker Cup, taking four points from a possible four. At the Big 12 Championship in Week 17, a Category A event, the Floridian underlined his remarkable consistency with a second-place finish.
In Week 18, Irish international Paul Cutler claimed the Lytham Trophy, one of Great Britain and Ireland’s premier stroke play championships, which is held at Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club. Having begun the final day in a three-way tie for the lead, the Portstewart member held his nerve, firing a one-under-par round of 71 to take the title by four shots on a four-over-par, 72-hole total of 284.
Thanks to his victory, Cutler makes a 123-place leap to WAGRank 52. England’s Tommy Fleetwood, meanwhile, moves up three places to become the world number three after finishing fifth.
At nearby Fairhaven Golf Club, Wales’ Rhys Pugh continued to tap into a rich vein of form, winning the Fairhaven Trophy by seven shots. The Vale of Glamorgan star, who won the Peter McEvoy Trophy two weeks ago, shot rounds of 70, 69, 75 and 71 for a three-under-par total of 285, and a new ranking of 309th, an improvement of 125 places on last week.
In the US, the University of California’s Eric Mina followed in the footsteps of Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods in taking medallist honours at the Pac-10 Championship. Despite trailing by four shots going into the final round at ASU’s Karsten Golf Course, Mina fired eight birdies, a double-bogey and, incredibly, a triple-bogey on the final hole to take the title on a total 268, 16 under par. Sweden’s Jesper Kennegard was left to rue a final round of 73, which included a double-bogey at the 72nd hole, as he finished one stroke behind.
"This was the best tournament win of my life," said Mina, the new WAGRank 99 after a 65-place leap. "It's hard to describe how I feel right now. To win this as a Cal Bear and be on the same list as a guy like [PGA Tour pro] Charlie Wi is great."
The USA’s Peter Uihlein is the new WAGR Number One.