Patrick Cantlay confirmed why he’s the number one player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking by taking pride of place among the world’s elite in the Masters.
The UCLA student made his first appearance at Augusta National but still walked off with the Silver Cup, the prize awarded to the low amateur. It’s the second time in a row he’s taken the amateur prize in a Major – Cantlay made headlines last year when he was leading amateur in the US Open.
The world number one had to finish well to take the prize. He played the final four holes in four-under-par, including an eagle at the 15th hole, to beat world number four Hideki Matsuyama by two shots to take the amateur prize. Cantlay finished joint 47th, while Asian Amateur champion Matsuyama placed 54th.
All in all, four of the world’s top eight on the WAGR table took part in this year’s Masters. US Public Links winner Corbin Mills (fifth) missed the cut, while US Amateur champion Kelly Kraft (eighth) finished 62nd. British Amateur champion Bryden Macpherson (48) and US Mid-Amateur champion Randal Lewis (1770) missed the cut.
Jordan Spieth and Patrick Rodgers, the two players behind Cantlay on the WAGR table, trade places this week. Spieth replaces Rodgers as world number two while Rodgers drops to third, with Matsuyama just behind.
Derek Ernst solidifies his status as a top 20 player following victory in the 40th annual ASU Thunderbird Invitational at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona. The UNLV player was the only player in the field to return three rounds in the 60s, with scores of 69, 67 and 68 for a nine-under-par total of 204. Ernst earned himself a two-shot victory over Austin Quick of Arizona State, and moves four places on this week’s ranking to 13th in the world.
Lindy Duncan of the United States moves into the top 10 of this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking thanks to victory in the Bryan National Collegiate.
Duncan, a student at Duke University, was a model of consistency around the Bryan Park Players Course in Greensboro, North Carolina. She was the only player to break par in all three rounds. Scores of 71, 71 and 70 around the 6,323-yard, par-72 course earned Duncan a 54-hole total of 212 and a two-shot victory over Fanny Cnops of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
World number 13 Erica Popson began the final round in a share of the lead and looked like she would go on to victory. However, the University of Tennessee player slumped to a closing three-over-par 75 to place third.
Duncan’s victory comes as no surprise. It is her third win this college season, and the fifth of her two and a half year career at Duke. The Fort Lauderdale native moves four places on this WAGR table to 10th.
Australia’s Breanna Elliott takes one step closer to the world top 10 following victory in the Western Australian Stroke Play Championship.
Elliott, who won the Western Australia State Amateur Championship a few weeks ago, returned a final round of 70, four-under-par, for a seven-under-par total 289 and a three-shot victory over Whitney Hillier. Elliott moves one place on this week’s WAGR table to 11th, solidifying her status as the world’s second highest ranked Australian. Minjee Lee is the highest ranked player from Down Under on the WAGR table. She improves her status this week by three places, moving to world number five.
Hillier also improves her status three places, replacing Grace Lennon (33) as the world’s third highest ranked Australian amateur.