Patrick Cantlay replaces Peter Uihlein at the top of the latest Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking thanks to a fantastic run of form that has seen the UCLA player win three of his last six tournaments on the US college circuit.
Uihlein drops to world number two after a long run at the top of the world order.
Sweden’s Henrik Norlander lifted his fifth career US college title when he won the General Hackler Championship at the TPC of Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Norlander’s closing 67, five-under-par, helped his Augusta State team come from a 14-stroke deficit to win the team title.
The 23-year-old achieved the victory in some style. He recorded five birdies in 17 holes before reaching the par-5, 18th with a drive and a 4-iron and draining a 30-foot eagle-putt for a four-shot victory over Virginia’s Amory Davis. Norlander moves six places on the Ranking, breaking into the top 20 at number 16.
An opening 62 helped Australia’s Nathan Holman capture the prestigious Riversdale Cup. Further rounds of 75 and 72 saw the 19-year-old involved in a playoff with in-form compatriot Matt Stieger and New Zealand’s Ben Campbell. Holman won at the third extra hole and moves 384 places to world number 452 as a result.
Stieger jumps into the top 50 to 48th after a good run of form. He recently won the Tasmanian Open and finished runner-up in the Dunes Medal. Campbell moves into the top 10 to world number 6.
Nineteen-year-old Paul McConnell won his first US college tournament when he triumphed in the San Diego Intercollegiate. The University of Texas at Arlington player returned rounds of 72, 72 and 70 for a two-under-par total of 214 and a one shot victory over Kelly Kraft of Southern Methodist University. The win takes McConnell up 494 places on the world ranking to 175th.
New Zealand’s Lydia Ko cemented her place in the top three of the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking by making history in the Srixon Australian Women’s Stroke Play Championship. The 13-year-old survived a playoff with compatriot Cecilia Cho to become the youngest ever winner of the Championship. Ko, who is a member at North Harbour Golf Club in Auckland, lifted the trophy with a par on the second play-off hole after the pair had tied on six-under-par over Huntingdale Golf Club in Melbourne.
Ko remains in third spot on the Women’s WAGR, with Cho ahead of her in second spot and Japan’s Mitsuki Katahira maintaining her place at the top of the world order.
Spain’s Carlota Ciganda moves up five spots on the world pecking order to 12th, with victory in the Dr Donnis Thompson Invitational on the US college circuit. Ciganda returned rounds of 68, 74 and 73 for a one-under-par total of 215 and a one-shot victory over Alejandra Llaneza of close rivals University of Arizona. It is Ciganda’s second triumph in as many months. The 2007 Ladies British Amateur champion won the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in February and has a total of five tournament victories in her career at Arizona State.
Other significant movers on this week’s Women’s WAGR include France’s Celine Boutier, who moves up eight spots to world number 46; Camilla Lennarth of Sweden, who also moves into the top 50 in 49th place; and Canada’s Sara-Maude Juneau, who moves to number 50 in the world.