Daan Huizing of The Netherlands made a significant move towards the World Amateur Golf Ranking’s top ten after winning the individual title at the Tailhade Cup. He also played a significant part helping his country win the team title.
Huizing’s birdie on the final hole at Los Lagartos Country Club, Argentina, coupled with a double bogey from Australia’s Nathan Holman gave The Netherlands the victory and moved the 20 year-old from 15th to 11th spot.
Along with partner Robin Kind, the world number 68, they recorded a total of 573 to win by two strokes over the Australian team of Holman and Todd Sinnott. It was the third time a Dutch team has won the prestigious South American tournament.
Sean Dale of the United States leaps 162 places this week to world number 62 after winning the Amelia Island Intercollegiate on the US college circuit. Dale, who plays for the University of North Florida, returned rounds of 70, 67 and 70 for a 9-under-par total of 207 to win by three over teammate Kevin Phelan.
Dale, the 2010 Florida State Amateur champion, has now won twice for North Florida, including the 2009 Wolf Run Intercollegiate.
Phelan, who was a member of the initial 2011 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup squad, improves his ranking by 72 places. The Irishman is now the world’s 281st best amateur.
Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama makes the most significant move on this week’s top ten. He moves to fourth on the world order following his first victory in a professional event. Matsuyama, winner of the last two Asian Amateur Championships, triumphed in the Taiheiyo Masters in Japan over a field that included Masters winner Charl Schwartzel.
Anton Arboleda of the Philippines is the only player to break into this week’s top 20. He moves seven places to world number 18. Portugal’s Pedro Figueiredo takes his place in the top 50, moving to 48th from 55th.
The Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking is statistical proof that golf is now truly international.
New Zealand’s Lydia Ko continues her stranglehold on the number one position, but pretenders to her crown come from all over the world. Ko, who has just received the Mark H McCormack Medal as the world’s number one amateur for 2011, holds number one status over compatriot Cecilia Cho. However, a cosmopolitan band of players are chasing her.
Five nations – New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, Thailand and the United States – are represented in the top 10. A further 15 countries have players in the world top 50. Most pleasing for those who want to see the game spread globally is that some nations not normally associated with the game have representation in the top 50.
Not surprisingly, the United States leads the world top 50 with 15 players. However, nations as diverse as Belgium, Peru, Columbia, Czechoslovakia, Thailand and the Philippines also take pride of place in the business end of the ranking.
It’s great news for the game’s future growth around the world.
Columbia’s Natalia Forero gives her country a berth in the women’s top 50 courtesy of her victory in the Tourneo Shalom event in her homeland. Forero moves five places on this week’s WAGR table to 47th.
Tiffany Avern-Taplin of South Africa moves into this week’s top 100 into 85th place, a move of 27 spots, to give South Africa eight players in the top 100. South Africans take up five places in the top 50, with three in the top 10.
Korea’s Su-Hyun Oh also moves into the top 100, improving 21 places to 90th. The Asian nation now has five players in the top 100, with two inside the top 50.