Steven Fox was no doubt hoping to move up the World Amateur Golf Ranking this year. However, he couldn’t have dreamed he’d make as dramatic a move as the one he’s made this week.
Fox soars up this week’s ranking thanks an outstanding victory in the US Amateur Championship. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga player took American’s national championship thanks to a fairy tale, come from behind victory over Michael Weaver at Cherry Hills.
Two down with two to play in the 36-hole final, Fox birdied the 35th hole, and made par at the 36th to Weaver’s bogey to force a play-off. He then ensured his name would be etched on the famed Havemeyer Trophy with birdie at the first extra hole.
The 21-year-old from Henderson, Tennessee only made it into the match play stages after a play-off. He took the 63rd seed as a result but didn’t let that hamper his progress to the final. Included in his list of wins was a 4&2 victory over world number one Chris Williams in the quarter-final.
Fox jumps into the world top 20 as a result, moving 109 places to 18th. He also receives an invitation to next year’s Masters, US Open and Open Championship. Weaver breaks into the world top 35, moving 115 places to 34th.
England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick had an easier time winning the Boys Amateur Championship at Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) than Fox had at Cherry Hills. The 17-year-old from Sheffield ended the morning session of the scheduled 36-hole final nine up on Welsh amateur Henry James after a 6-under-par 66. He only needed 10 holes in the afternoon to record a 10&8 victory, the fourth largest in the championship’s 86-year history.
Fitzpatrick moves into the world top 25 as a result, jumping 168 places to 24th. James improves 1,876 spots to 879th.
England’s Georgia Hall moves to fourth on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking thanks to victory in the Girls' British Open Amateur Championship at Tenby Golf Club, Wales.
The 16-year-old from Dorset defeated Spain’s Clara Baena in emphatic style. Hall did not lose a hole in the final, running out a 6&5 winner. She was five holes ahead after nine holes and clinched the title when she won the 13th hole.
Weather conditions probably suited Hall rather than her Spanish opponent. The semi-final and final were played in relentless rain and strong winds.
Hall had to come from behind to defeat Germany’s Quirine Eijkenboom in the semifinal. She was two down after five holes, and one down after 16, but won the 17th and 18th to book her place in the final. She also impressed two rounds earlier by defeating number one seed Perrine Delacour of France 2&1.
Baena defeated Germany’s Olivia Cowan to reach the final.
Hall improves six places this week to get to world number four. Baena moves to 47th on this week’s ranking from her previous position at 109th. Eijkenboom breaks into world top 40 as a result of reaching the semifinal, moving 30 places to world number 35. Cowan jumps 458 places to 378 on this week’s ranking.
Hyo Joo Kim of Korea swaps places with Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn this week. Kim moves to world number two, while Jutanugarn slips to third on the ranking.
Australia’s Su-Hyun Oh is the only player this week to break into the world top 20. She improves one spot to 20th. Erynne Lee of the United States and England’s Emily Taylor move into the world top 40. Lee improves 28 places to 31st, while Taylor jumps 21 spots to 39th.