Asian Amateur Champion Hideki Matsuyama ensured another remarkable leap up the Ranking in Week 42, after a tied-third finish at the Japan Open, a high-profile professional event on the Japan Golf Tour, played at Aichi Country Club. The 18-year-old from Ehime finished on a 72-hole, 10-under-par total of 274, ahead of the likes of Shingo Katayama, Yuta Ikeda and Ryo Ishikawa. He ascends 104 places to WAGRank 55.
As the collegiate season in the USA gathers speed, Stanford’s Andrew Yun took his first individual title at The Prestige at PGA West after a final-round, seven-under 65. A four-time American Junior Golf Association All-American, Yun posted three sub-par rounds to finish on 12-under-par 204 and claim a six-stroke victory.
Elsewhere, 2006 Junior Open Championship runner-up Jordan Spieth captured The Ping Invitational at Karsten Creek in Oklahoma. The 2009 Rolex Junior Player of the Year, who was amongst the leaders in the final round of the PGA Tour’s HP Byron Nelson Classic, entered the final round with a seven-stroke advantage. He accelerated from there with a five-under-par 31 on the front nine. At one point Spieth's lead grew as large as 11 shots as he cruised to his second Ping Invitational title in three years.
“I wanted to continue to stay aggressive like yesterday,” said the 2009 US Junior Amateur Champion, who is up 37 places to 33rd this week. “I wanted to stay below the hole, but still be aggressive. It paid off and I got some putts to drop, and all of a sudden I got in a routine; I got in a zone.”
Finally, Illinois junior Luke Guthrie earned his first career title by posting a five-under-par 205 at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational to three shots clear of the world’s top amateur, Peter Uihlein. Guthrie moves up 68 places to enter the Top 100 at number 94, while Uihlein remains the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.