Matthew Fitzpatrick moves to world number five on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking thanks to an outstanding display in the Open Championship at Muirfield.
The Englishman took the silver medal at Muirfield for finishing the 142nd Open Championship as the leading amateur. Rounds of 73, 76, 73 and 72 helped the 18-year-old to a 10-over-par total of 294 and joint 44th place. Fitzpatrick, who won last year’s Boy’s Amateur Championship at Little Aston, edged countryman Jimmy Mullen to take low amateur honours. Mullen placed equal 73rd, five shots behind Fitzpatrick. They were the only two of seven amateurs in the field to make the cut.
Fitzpatrick, the world’s leading English amateur, climbs four places on this week’s table. Mullen jumps 107 spots to world number 231.
Zach Olsen produced his best golf when it mattered to win the Southern Amateur Championship at The Club at Carlton Woods in Woodlands, Texas. Olsen birdied the 72nd hole to finish on a 12-under-par total of 276. It got him into a playoff with Sam Love and Joey Garber. Olsen then birdied the first playoff hole to take the title.
Olsen, who begins college life at Oklahoma State this year, breaks into this week’s top 100. He jumps 305 places to 93rd. Garber advances 247 places to 143rd. Love climbs 179 spots to 324th.
Jordan Niebrugge earned an invitation to next year’s Masters after winning the 88th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia. Niebrugge defeated Michael Kim one up the 36-hole final.
Niebrugge moves 59 rankings this week to 55th in the world. Kim, who has been selected to this year’s US Walker Cup team, solidifies his status as world number two behind Taipei’s Cheng-tsung Pan.
Ally McDonald of the United States makes a significant move on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking after winning the North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst in North Carolina.
McDonald defeated Yueer Cindy Feng 3&2 in the final. The Mississippi State player adds the title to the NCAA Central Regional Championship she won at the end of the college season. She also placed 10th in the NCAA Championship.
McDonald climbs into this week’s top 15 as a result, moving 27 places to 12th. Feng improves her ranking by 22 places, becoming the world’s 107th best amateur.
England’s Lauren Taylor won the Dutch Junior Open for the third straight year. Taylor, winner of the 2011 Ladies’ British Amateur Championship, returned scores of 71-69-71 and 69 for an 8-under-par total of 280. She won by two shots over Dutch players Marit Harryvan and Anne Van Dam.
Taylor, a member of Woburn Golf Club, moves inside the world top 90. She advances seven places this week to world number 88.
Taylor has just finished her first season of college golf in the United States. She ended her rookie college season at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, by winning the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship.
Mariel Galdiano of Hawaii won the Callaway Junior World Championship at Torrey Pines. The 15-year-old compiled a 9-under-par total of 279 to win by seven shots over Loui Daniella Uy of The Philippines.
Galdiano, who made headlines two years ago when she played in the US Women’s Open as a 13-year-old, advances 589 places this week to world number 709.
Two other players move inside this week’s top 20 along with McDonald. Kelly Shon of the United States moves up five places to 19th, while Australia’s
Hayley Bettencourt climbs 10 spots to 20th.