Eason joins Fitzpatrick in the chase to the top of the WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKING™
Two Englishmen hold positions in the world top three this week thanks to Greg Eason’s promotion to world number three. Eason joins world number two Matthew Fitzpatrick (Pictured right at The Masters) in the chase to dethrone American Patrick Rodgers from the top spot on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM.
Eason moves to his highest ever world ranking thanks to winning the 3M Augusta Invitational. The University of Central Florida student won by a stroke from Virginia Tech’s Scott Vincent thanks to a 54-hole total of 205, 11-under-par.
The native of Leicester, England, has now won twice this season, and six times during his college career. He moves one spot this week. Vincent climbs to 30th from last week’s ranking of 53rd.
Brandon Hagy of the United States advances eight rankings to 21st following victory in the Aggie Invitational. The University of California student was the only player to break the par of 72 in all three rounds with scores of 71, 70 and 70. It gave him a 4-under-par total of 212 and a three-shot win over Texas A&M player Greg Yates, who improves 149 spots to 333rd.
American Jack Maguire breaks into the top 25 thanks to a resounding win in the Mason Rudolph Championship. Maguire, a student at Florida State University, closed with consecutive 5-under-par 66s for a 10-under-par total of 203 and a seven-shot victory. He climbs 26 places to 22nd.
Australia’s Simon Viitakangas breaks into the world top 90 with victory in the South Australia Amateur Classic. Viitakangas returned a final round 7-under-par 64 for a 5-under-par total of 279. It’s his second big win of the season following victory in the Master of the Amateurs, and moves him 67 rankings to 89th.
Finally, American Davis Riley jumps 69 spots to 66th with victory in the Terra Cotta Invitational.
Amateurs shine at Kraft Nabisco Championship
The world’s leading amateurs proved there’s a fine line between the elite of women’s professional golf and the top players on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM with outstanding performances in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first women’s major of the year.
World number one Minjee Lee (pictured right with Lexi Thompson) finished on even par to place joint 24th and take low amateur honours. Canada’s Brooke Mackenzie Henderson finished one shot behind Lee in 26th spot, and improves two rankings this week to become world number four.
American Alison Lee was a further shot behind in 29th place, and moves up one ranking to world number two as a result.
Lilia Khatu Vu of the United States placed 46th and climbs 54 spots to 52nd. World number six Su-Hyun Oh of Australia was 59th.
France’s Celine Boutier improves three places this week to world number ten thanks to victory in the PING - ASU Invitational. The Duke University player compiled an 8-under-par 208 total for a one-shot victory over Spain’s Noemi Jimenez, a student at Arizona State. Jimenez moves three places into the world top 20 to 19th.
England’s Elizabeth Mallett almost halves her ranking with victory in the weather shortened SMU Dallas Athletic Club Invitational. Mallett, a student at the University of North Carolina, won by five shots over five players. She jumps 94 places to world number 110.
Spain’s Maria Palacios advances 90 rankings to 173rd thanks to victory in the John Kirk-Panther Intercollegiate. The Georgia State player triumphed in a playoff against Amira Alexander of the University of Georgia and Kaylin Yost of Campbell University. Yost goes to 170th from last week’s ranking of 263rd, while Alexander improves 234 spots to 361st.
Finally, Jessica Haigwood climbs 286 places to 129th with victory in the Rebel Intercollegiate.