United States Walker Cup player Patrick Rodgers has climbed up the World Amateur Golf Ranking for the second week in a row. The Stanford player improved three places on last week’s ranking to move back inside the world top 20, and doubles that improvement this week following victory in the SH Collegiate Masters.
Rodgers opened the tournament at Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas with a 6-under-par 66. He added consecutive scores of 73 for a 54-hole total of 212, 4-under-par. He birdied the 18th in the final round to get into a playoff with James Erkenbeck, Michael Kim and Cory Whitsett. He birdied the 18th again in the playoff to claim his third victory of the 2012/13 season.
Rodgers climbs six places this week to world number 12. Kim moves five places to 11th. Whitsett improves seven spots to 29th. Erkenbeck moves nearer the world top 50, jumping 23 places to 53rd.
Canada’s Albin Choi moves inside this week’s world top 10 after winning the USF Invitational at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club in Dade City, Florida. The North Carolina State player returned rounds of 68, 68 and 73 for an 8-under-par 54-hole total of 208. Choi moves two places on this week’s WAGR table to 9th.
Australia’s Brady Watt solidifies his hold on the world number two spot behind Chris Williams following victory in the Riversdale Cup. Watt’s 6-under-par total of 282 gave him the title by three strokes over Brett Drewitt and Ruben Sondjaja.
Drewitt improves 12 places this week’s to world number 65. Sondjaja jumps 261 places to 829th in the world.
Other significant moves this week come from Zachary Wright and Troix Tonkham. Wright jumps 284 places to world number 1166 following victory in the Louisiana Classics. Tonkham’s victory in the Bandon Dunes Championship, meanwhile, moves him 558 spots to 878th in the world.
Spain’s Noemi Jimenez makes a significant move on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking following her second straight college golf victory.
Jimenez became the first Arizona State player since Sweden’s Louise Stahle in 2005 to record back-to-back wins. Jimenez, from Malaga, won the Cal Classic at the end of February and then emerged as a four-shot winner of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate.
Rounds of 72, 69 and 68 gave the Spaniard a 54-hole total of 209, 4-under-par, good enough for a four-shot victory over Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom.
Jimenez climbs 50 places this week to 77th in the world. Sagstrom, a student at Louisiana State University, improves five places to world number 101.
Australia’s Grace Lennon climbs two places inside this week’s top 20 to 15th following victory in the Riversdale Cup. Lennon saved her best for last to defeat world number four Su-Hyun Oh by a shot.
After opening the tournament with scores of 76, 74 and 76, Lennon compiled a closing 3-under-par 69. She was the only player in the final round to break 70.
Annie Park of the United States climbs 14 places on this week’s WAGR table to 36th following victory in the Bruin Wave Invitational.
Kristina Merkle’s Clover Cup victory helps her move 64 spots this week to world number 144. The Tulsa University student began the final round in 10th place, but returned the low score of the tournament with a closing 6-under-par 66 to win by two shots.
Mariah Stackhouse nearly halves her world ranking this week following a runaway victory in the Juli Inkster Spartan Invite. The Stanford University student was the only player to return three scores under par to win by six shots. She jumps 510 places to world number 561.