It took seven play-off holes before Daniel Miernicki won the individual title in the annual Amer Ari Invitational at the Waikoloa Kings’ Golf Course, Hawaii, a performance that moved him into the WAGR top 10 with a 12-place jump to number eight. The 6ft 4in Oregon junior won a three-way battle against defending champion Bobby Hudson of Texas, who finished eagle, birdie, birdie in regulation play, and UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay.
Hudson dropped out at the fifth extra hole and Miernicki birdied the seventh to take the title. He had opened the three-round event with a 62, finishing with four birdies and an eagle on the 7,074-yard layout.
The man he beat in the play-off, Patrick Cantlay, has moved up two places to third after his performance in Hawaii and in the same event T J Vogel finished tied for 38th but still improved in WAGR standing by six places to number 10.
Another big mover in week six was Jordan Spieth, the Dallas amateur who played all four rounds in the Byron Nelson Championship last year as a 16-year-old. He has climbed 12 places to 11th spot in the Ranking.
In the All India Amateur Championship at Bangaluru the title has been taken by Senapaa Chikkarangappa. The young player has struck a rich vein of form, having finished second in the Asian Junior Championships last week.
Fraser Wilkin began the new Auckland golfing season as he finished the last - with a victory.
The 23-year-old from the Royal Auckland Club won the Anniversary Tournament at Akarana with a level par total of 210 for the 54 holes. Last October he won the Stewart Gold Cup.
He began the final 18 holes with an eagle on the first and finished with a 69.
At the La Pradera de Potosi course in Colombia the IX Copa de Golf Aficianado was won by Marcelo Toro, a victory that brings him into the Ranking for the first time.
The victory by Andrew Putnam in the Arizona Intercollegiate moved him up 18 places in the Ranking from 45th. He was a qualifier for last year's US Open and his brother Michael was a member of the 2005 USA Walker Cup team.