Alison Lee regains the number one spot on the World Amateur Golf Ranking just a week after losing it to Australia’s Su-Hyun Oh. Lee and Oh swap places in the latest re-rank, with Lee moving up one place.
Minjee Lee (Pictured right) strengthens her hold on the world number three spot after a resounding victory in the Dunes Medal. The Australian won the title by nine shots over Bianca Ling at Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. It is Lee’s fifth significant win this year, following victories in the Australian Amateur, Australian Girls’ Amateur, Western Australian Amateur and Rene Erichsen Salver.
Ling jumps 79 rankings to world number 392.
Sweden’s Linnea Strom moves four places this week thanks to victory in the American Junior Golf Association’s Polo Golf Junior Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Strom defeated Lakareber Abe of Angleton, Texas in a fascinating final. Five up through nine holes, Strom looked to be cruising to victory only to lose five of the next six holes. She eventually hung on to win on the 18th, becoming the first Swedish girl to win the event.
A move of four places to 30th this week is Strom’s reward. Abe jumps inside the world top 100, advancing 96 spots to 73rd.
Sherman Santiwiwattanapong of Thailand improves her ranking 17 places this week to 155th after victory in the ASEAN Schools Championship in the Philippines.
Spain’s Natalia Escuriola is the only mover into this week’s top 20, after an improvement of one place to 20th.
Lara Weinstein of South Africa is the sole player to break into the top 50. She advances five rankings to 46th.
Matthew Fitzpatrick goes back to world number one this week in the latest re-rank of the World Amateur Golf Ranking. The Englishman swaps places with Cory Whitsett of the United States, moving up one place to become the world’s leading amateur.
Fitzpatrick first gained the world number one spot this year thanks to becoming the first Englishman since 1911 to win the U.S. Amateur Championship, and taking the silver medal as leading amateur in the Open Championship at Muirfield.
Fitzpatrick, currently studying at Northwestern University, lost the number one spot to Whitsett in October. University of Alabama player Whitsett drops to number two.
Other changes in the top 10 see Australia’s Brady Watt move up one spot to seventh, and American Scottie Scheffler and Cheng-tsung Pan of Chinese Taipei move two places. Scheffler goes to world number eight, while Pan takes the number 10 spot.
Oliver Goss (Pictured right) makes the biggest move into the top 10. The Australian jumps six places to ninth.
Gavin Kyle Green of Malaysia also climbs six spots. He becomes world number 11 after winning the Western Refining College All-American tournament. Green, a student at New Mexico University, returned rounds of 69, 67 and 66 for an 11-under-par total of 202. He won by a shot over Whitsett.
Cameron Young of the United States rockets up this week’s ranking after victory in the American Junior Golf Association’s Polo Golf Junior Classic. Young defeated Jorge Garcia of Venezuela 5&4 in the final.
Young jumps 343 places to 75th in the world. Garcia moves to 49th from last week’s ranking of 50th.
Sam Horsfield of the United States makes the biggest move into this week’s top 50. The English-born player jumps 131 spots to 30th.