Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama makes a significant move up this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. The reigning Asian Amateur Champion moves 18 places to world number 36. Anyone who saw him in action at the Masters will understand why.
Matsuyama was the only amateur to make the cut at Augusta National. Rounds of 72, 73, 68 and 74 for a one-under-par total of 287 earned the 19-year-old the Silver Cup as leading amateur. Matsuyama, who studies in Sendai, Japan, a city devastated by last month’s earthquake and tsunami, finished in a share of 27th place.
World number one Peter Uihlein failed to make the cut, but not before proving why he’s the world’s top amateur. Playing in the company of Phil Mickelson, Uihlein returned a level par opening round of 72. He faltered slightly in round two, closing with a 77.
Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo moves up 10 places to world number 39 thanks to victory in the Terra Cotta Invitational in Naples, Florida. The Buenos Aires native was the only player in the field to post three scores in the 60s around the Championship Course at Naples National Golf Club, with rounds of 68, 67 and 69 for a 12-under-par total of 204.
Patrick Rodgers of the United States finished a stroke behind Grillo to move into the world top 20. Rodgers leaps 49 places to number 18.
Scotland’s Greg Paterson broke the scoring record in the Craigmillar Park Open in Edinburgh, Scotland. Paterson recorded a 23-under-par total of 257. Paterson moves 90 places to 459th in the world.
Tom Hoge of the United States makes the most significant move into the world top 100 with victory in the Morris Williams Intercollegiate. The student at Texas Christian University improves his world ranking by 76 places, moving to 87th.
The USA's Peter Uihlein remains the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.
Japan’s Mitsuki Katahira solidifies her status as the world’s number one player on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking after victory in the World Golf Village Intercollegiate.
The student at Daytona State College won the title by six shots at the World Golf Village in St Augustine, Florida, after the tournament was reduced to 36 holes due to heavy storms. The world number one returned rounds of 73 and 68 for a three-under-par total of 141.
Katerina Ruzickova improves her standing as the world’s highest ranked Czechoslovakian player following victory in the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate over the Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links in Half Moon Bay, California. The Texas A&M player returned rounds of 73, 76 and 69 for two-over-par total of 218 and a two-shot victory. Ruzickova, from Ostrava in the Czech Republic, is in her first year at Texas A&M. Her first win in college golf moves her 77 places on the WAGR list to world number 169.
France’s Perrine Delacour returned a final round of 64 to win the inaugural Irish Girls Under-18 Open Stroke Play Championship at Knightsbrook Hotel Spa and Golf Resort by four shots from compatriot Manon Gidali. World number nine Leona Maguire was third. Delacour leaps 220 spots on the WAGR table to 276th.
Scotland’s Jane Turner prevailed in the R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament at St Andrews. The student of Robert Gordon University outlasted defending champion Kelsey MacDonald and Curtis Cup player Pamela Pretswell in near gale force winds that battered both the Eden Course and Old Course. The 21-year-old won by two shots, and gains a spot in a Ladies European Tour event this year. She also improves her world ranking by 137 places, moving to 269th in the world.