The Women

Performances of the week

Gillman wins U.S. Amateur

  • Kristen Gillman staged a dramatic comeback to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship by two holes over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson of Canada. The 16-year-old makes a significant move on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM as a result.
  • Gillman was three down after 26 holes of the 36-hole final at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, New York. However, the native of Austin, Texas fought back to win the biggest prize in women’s amateur golf.
  • Ranked 57th in the world at the start of the championship, the formbook suggested Gillman would lose to world number two Henderson. It appeared that way for much of the final until Gillman birdied four of the last seven holes.
  • Gillman jumps 38 places in the rankings to world number 19 while Henderson remains as world number two. Both players earn exemptions into the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open Championship.

Wu leads U.S. Amateur qualifying

  • Bethany Wu of the United States improves 15 places in the rankings to 13 this week after finishing as leading qualifier in the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Wu compiled a 36-hole total of 3-under 137 after scores of 68 and 68. However, she lost in the opening match play round.

Davis crowned English Stroke Play champion

  • Hayley Davis rises up this week’s ranking thanks to victory in the English Women’s Stroke Play Championship at Tandridge Golf Club in Surrey. The 21-year-old took the title by six shots with a 4-under-par total of 280. Davis, a student at Baylor University, moves 12 rankings to world number 83.

Top 20 movers

  • Along with Gillman and Wu’s moves into the top 20, Spain’s Marta Sanz improved 10 places in the rankings to 16 while American Grace Na moved eight places to world number 17.

Top 50 movers

  • Americans Casey Danielson and Hannah O’Sullivan both cracked the top 50 this week and are world number 46 and 47 respectively.

Biggest ranking movement

  • That honour goes to Thailand’s Chakansim (Fai) Khamborn who moves 684 places to world number 490.

The Men

Performances of the Week

Chesters makes history at European Amateur

  • Ashley Chesters this week became the first player to win the European Amateur Championship title twice, and the first to successfully defend the title.
  • The 24-year-old Englishman recorded scores of 69, 72, 69 and 72 over the Dukes Course at St Andrews for a 2-under-par total of 282. He was the only player to finish under par.
  • The Shropshire native is ranked as world number 21 and receives an invitation to the 2015 Open Championship at St Andrews.
  •  He already has one Open Championship under his belt. Chesters played in this year’s championship at Royal Liverpool, but missed the cut by a shot.
Kiwi wins Canadian Amateur 
  • New Zealand’s James Beale is the new Canadian Amateur champion after taking the title in extra holes. Beale won in a three-hole playoff after tying for the 72-hole lead on a 6-under-par with Canada’s Taylor Pendrith and Jonathan Garrick of the United States.
  • Beale improves 33 rankings this week to 68. Pendrith is unchanged at world number 45, while Garrick breaks into the top 100 to world number 99 after a rise of 18 spots.

World’s best gather for U.S. Amateur

  • World number one Oliver Schniederjans leads an all-star cast in this week’s U.S. Amateur Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia. Seven of the world’s top ten are in action, including world number eight Bradley Neil of Scotland, winner of this year’s Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush.
  • Representatives from 22 countries made up the starting field of 312, hoping to advance to the match play stages for the chance to win the prestigious Havemeyer Trophy.

Top 10 movers

  • Spain’s Mario Galiano moves 9 places in the rankings to world number 4 while Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult moves 3 places to number 9.

Top 20 movers

  • Jon Rahm-Rodriguez cracks the top 20 moving 7 rankings to world number 14.

Top 50 movers

  • Two German players enter the top 50 this week; Maximilian Roehrig who moves 48 rankings to 33 and Dominic Foos who advances 11 places to world number 49. South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout moves 9 places to 46.

Biggest ranking movement

  • The honour goes to American Al Dickens IV who moves 1685 places in the ranking to world number 1080.
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