Jordan Smith probably wasn’t an obvious choice to make the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team before the Brabazon Trophy at Formby Golf Club. His performance in that prestigious event has given the selectors much to think about.
The Englishman led the event from start to finish, before closing with a 2-under-par 70 for a total of 286, 2-under-par, to win by four shots over Ireland’s Brian Casey. Smith was the only player in the field to finish under par.
The 20-year-old began the final round tied with Casey after scores of 71, 69 and 76. However, Casey could only manage a 74 and had to settle for second place.
Smith climbs 14 spots on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to 22nd. He is the world’s fifth highest ranked Englishman. Casey rises 201 places from his previous ranking of 494th.
Michael Johnson shattered the tournament record in winning the Dogwood Invitational. The American fashioned a 28-under-par total of 260 at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, to break the old 23-under-par score of 265 set by Andrew Buckle in 2002.
Johnson, who attends Auburn University, returned a closing 8-under-par 64 to for a seven-shot victory over Oliver Schniederjans. Johnson moves 104 places on this week’s WAGR table to world number 111. Schniederjans breaks into the world top 70, climbing 21 spots to 61st.
Brady Watt of Australia and America’s Justin Thomas advance one spot each this week to world number two and three respectively behind world number one Cheng-tsung Pan of Taipei.
There are no movers into this week’s top 20. France’s Joel Stalter is the only player to breach this week’s top 50. He advances 10 places to 44th.
Not many would have picked Cassie Cathrea to shine at the US Women’s Open, but the 17-year-old upset the formbook and did just that.
Cathrea made her US Women’s Open debut at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, New York. The 134th ranked played on the World Amateur Golf Ranking was up against much higher opposition, including world number one Lydia Ko. Yet the Californian emerged as the low amateur. She finished joint 25th with scores of 75, 73, 79 and a 2-under-par 70 to edge Ko by two shots.
Ko placed joint 36th, ahead of Doris Chen in 50th. China’s Yueer Feng placed 54th, Brooke Mackenzie Henderson of Canada was 59th, while Nelly Korda of the United States took 64th.
Cathrea jumps 123 places on this week’s WAGR table to world number 11 as a result of her fine performance. Ko remains the world’s undisputed world number one. Chen advances four spots to 16th. Feng climbs 27 rankings to 140th. Henderson moves into the world top 20, becoming world number 19 from her previous status of world number 25. Finally, Korda jumps 435 spots to 282nd.
Europe won the Vagliano Trophy after routing Great Britain & Ireland on the second day’s play at Chantilly Golf Club. Europe edged the first day’s play by 6 ½ – 5 1/2 points, but then dominated day two’s foursomes and singles, winning the former 3–1 and the latter 7–1 to win the match 16 ½ – 7 ½.
Four players break into this week’s top 50. Bethany Wu of the United States moves 14 places to 41st. Mexico’s Marijosse Navarro climbs 7 spots to 44th. Mariah Stackhouse of the United States advances 14 places to 4th, while countrywoman Cassy Isagawa takes 50th from her old ranking of 64th.