Corbin Mills makes the most significant move on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking after the biggest win of his life.
Mills moves into the world top 50 in 35th spot, a jump of 175 places, after a dramatic victory in the US Amateur Public Links Championship at Bandon Dunes, Oregon.
The 21-year-old resident of Easley, South Carolina, had the championship in his back pocket with 10 holes to go in the scheduled 36-hole final. Mills, a student at Clemson University, was four up on Derek Ernst and cruising to victory. Ernst, however, did not go down without a fight. He won five consecutive holes to turn the tables and go one up on Mills.
That’s when Mills had to dig deep.
“I had to completely regroup and slow down,” Mills said. “Finally, on 15, I got the momentum back. I got back into my game plan.”
He birdied the 15th to square the match and eventually won on the 37th hole, when Ernst missed a 10-foot par putt.
Ernst, a student at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, also makes a big move on this week’s ranking. He moves 78 places to world number 28.
Elsewhere, Nate McCoy returned a final-round, seven-under-par 65 to win the Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta. The Iowa State student finished with a 22-under total of 266, two shots better than Alabama student Bobby Wyatt, who also closed with a 65. Luke Guthrie finished third at 16 under.
McCoy moves 129 places on the WAGR table to 304; Wyatt moves 85 places to world number 105; while Guthrie maintains his position as the world number 10.
Jack Fields won the North and South Amateur Championship and moves 61 places into the world top 50 in 27th spot.
Brianna Do rockets up this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking courtesy of a surprise win in the US Women’s Amateur Public Links at Bandon Dunes in Oregon.
The win came out of the blue since Do was playing her first tournament since March. She attends UCLA but had to suffer the frustration of watching her university team win the NCAA Championship, while she sat at home.
“This is kind of my own national championship,” Do said.
Do trailed Dodd by a hole after the first 18 holes. She went three-down after 22 and started concentrating on damage limitation. Her main thought then was: “Let’s try not to lose by a really big margin,” she said. “That’s probably not the way to think.”
That line of thought did her no harm, however. She won the next three holes to square the match. Still, the final seemed to be slipping away when she trailed by one after 32 holes. However, Do squared the match on the 35th, when she birdied from eight feet. She then two-putted the 18th for a par to win.
Dodd was unranked on the WAGR table beforehand, and takes her place at number 1108 after the defeat.