Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama confirmed his class by winning the World Universiade Championship at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China.
Matsuyama, the 2010 Asian Amateur champion, was always odds on to win the title. He was the only amateur to make the cut in this year’s Masters, finishing in joint 27th place.
At Mission Hills, Matsuyama compiled rounds of 66, 70, 64 and 69 for a four round total of 269, 19 under par. That was good enough for a three shot win over fellow Japanese player Yoshinori Fujimoto.
Matsuyama, a student at Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai, Japan, moves five places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking, moving to 13th place. Fujimoto improves his position in the world top 10, moving two spots to 8th.
US golfers continue their hold on the world order. Patrick Cantlay maintains his grip on the world number one spot over Jordan Spieth. Former world number one Peter Uihlein is in third followed by Patrick Rodgers in fourth.
England’s Andrew Sullivan improves his world status by one place, moving to world number five. Jack Senior joins Sullivan and world number nine Tom Lewis as the third Englishman in the world top 20. Senior, this year’s Lytham Trophy winner, improves nine places to world number 20.
Australia’s Cameron Smith took individual honours in the Nomura Cup in Japan. Smith improves his world ranking 40 places to 126th.
John Catlin of the United States won the Northern California Match Play Championship. The 19-year-old defeated Scott Hardy 3&2 in the scheduled 36 hole final. Catlin improves his ranking 188 spots to 232 in the world.
England’s Ashley Chesters won the Lee Westwood Trophy and moves 375 places on the WAGR table to world number 585th.
Northern Ireland’s Leona Maguire confirmed why she is the sixth best player on the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking after an emphatic victory in the Ladies’ British Open Stroke Play Championship at Royal Ashdown Forest, England.
Maguire opened with consecutive rounds of 75, 3-over, before running away from the field over the final 36 holes with back-to-back 69s. The teenager from Slieve Russell Golf Club in Northern Ireland was the only player to match par over the four rounds. That gave her a six shot victory over Laurence Herman of Belgium, and by eight over Meghan Maclaren of Wellingborough Golf Club.
Herman improves her world status by 48 spots to 125th, while Maclaren moves a massive 457 spots to world number 604.
Katerina Ruzickova of Czechoslovakia and Min-Jung Ko of Korea were equal second in the Women’s World Universiade tournament at mission Hills in Shenzhen, China. They finished a stroke behind professional Tzuchi Lin of Taipei. Both Ruzickova and Ko finished on 7-under-par 281 for the four rounds.
Ruzickova moves into the world top 50 as a result, improving her world ranking by 16 places to world number 49. Ko moves 347 places to 441st in the world order.
Hyo-Joo Kim of Korea triumphed in the Song Am Cup in her homeland to move into the world top 20. Kim moves up five places to world number 18.
Argentina’s Manuela Carbajo Re takes a few steps closer to the world top 50 after victory in the Campeonato Sudamericano Amateur in Columbia. Carbajo Re improves her world status seven places to world number 54.