It’s all change at the top of this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking as Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama takes over as world number one from Chris Williams of the United States. Meanwhile Daan Huizing of the Netherlands moves to world number three just behind Jordan Spieth of the United States. Williams drops to fourth.
Matsuyama counts consecutive Asian Amateur Championship wins in 2011-12 on his list of accomplishments. Last year he tasted victory in professional golf when he won the Taiheiyo Masters on the Japan Tour.
Matsuyama came close to another professional victory this season when he placed second in the Japan Tour’s Sun Chlorella Classic. He also made the cut in the Masters.
Huizing takes his place as world number three after two impressive victories this summer in the Lytham Trophy and St Andrews Links Trophy. The Dutch amateur won the former by 11 shots and the latter by 14.
England’s Ryan Evans moves 88 places on this week’s ranking to 189th place following victory in the South of England Championship at Walton Heath. Rounds of 74, 69, 68 and 70 gave Evans a 7-under-par total of 281 and a one shot victory over Steven McGlynn. The runner-up finish moves McGlynn 714 spots to 264th.
Spain’s Carlos Pigem improves his status on this week’s ranking by 35 places to world number 108 following victory in the Campeonato De Espana Amateur in his homeland. Meanwhile, compatriot Jon Rahm-Rodriguez is the only player to break into this week’s top 20. He moves 16 places to world number 16.
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn continued her impressive season after defeating elder sister Moriya by five shots to win the Canadian Amateur Championship. Ariya, ranked second on the World Amateur Golf Ranking, added the title to the US Girls’ Junior and AJGA Rolex Girls’ Junior Championships she has already won this season.
Rounds of 69, 67, 65 and 73 at Lethbridge Country Club in Alberta gave her a 14-under-par total of 274. Moriya closed out the tournament with a 4-under-par 68 to finish on 9-under-par. Kimberly Kaufman of the United States finished alone in third place on 6-under-par.
Ariya receives an exemption into this month’s CN Canadian Women's Open at the Vancouver Golf Club.
While Ariya solidifies her status as world number two behind Lydia Ko, Moriya remains in the top 10 in 10th place. Kaufman moves 15 places to world number 43.
Australia’s Breanna Elliott moves inside this week’s top 10 thanks to victory in the Trans National Amateur Championship at the Members Club at Woodcreek Farms in Elgin, South Carolina. The Melbourne amateur defeated Princess Mary Superal of the Philippines 3&2 in the final.
Elliott moves two places on this week’s ranking to 9th. Superal improves 80 places to 101st.
Celine Boutier becomes the world’s top ranked female French amateur following victory in the European International Amateur Championship in Slovenia. Rounds of 68, 66, 66 and 68 saw her post a 16-under-par total of 268 to win the title.
Boutier moves four places on this week’s ranking to 15th. She replaces Perrine Delacour as top French player. Delacour drops two spots on this week’s table to 18th.
The other significant move on this week’s ranking sees Korea’s Hyo Joo Kim move two places to become world number three after finishing tied 4th in the Evian Masters, a professional event won by South Koreas' Inbee Park.