It’s all change at the top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ this week as Patrick Rodgers of the United States replaces England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick as the new world number one.
Rodgers attains his new world status thanks to winning the Prestige at PGA West tournament over the Greg Norman course at PGA West in La Quinta, California, his seventh college victory. The Stanford University student returned scores of 65, 68 and 71 for 9-under-par, 54-hole total of 204 and a one-shot victory over Arizona State’s Max Rottluff.
Rodgers, a two-time Walker Cup player, swaps places with Fitzpatrick this week, relegating the reigning U.S. Amateur champion to world number two. Rottluff breaks into the top 100. The German amateur climbs 32 places to world number 100.
Julien Brun remains the world’s top ranked French amateur by winning the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate. Like Rodgers, it was Brun’s seventh college golf victory.
The Texas Christian University student compiled a 13-under-par total of 203 to take the title. Brun is now ranked world number 34.
Justin Kelley of the United States jumps 34 spots on this week’s ranking to 217th after winning the John Burns Intercollegiate in Hawaii. Poor weather reduced the event to 36 holes, with Brigham Young University student Kelley recording a four-stroke winning margin.
Wake Forest’s Clancy Waugh recorded his first win in his first season in college golf with victory in the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate in Mobile, Alabama. Waugh leaps 171 places to 236th.
Rodgers isn’t the only player to improve his top 10 status this week. England’s Garrick Porteous, winner of last year’s Amateur Championship, moves two places to fourth. So, too, does Asia Pacific Amateur champion Chang-woo Lee of Korea, who becomes world number five. Sam Horsfield improves three places to 10th.
As in this week’s men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™, there’s a reshuffle atop the women’s world order too. Australia’s Minjee Lee takes over from namesake Alison Lee of the United States as world number one.
Minjee Lee moves up two places on this week’s re-rank to become the world’s best female amateur. Alison Lee drops one place to second, while compatriot Annie Park moves down one spot to world number three.
Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow strengthens her grip on the world number four spot after furthering her claim to the University of Alabama’s greatest women golfer. The Curtis Cup player shared first place with Aurora Kan of the United States in the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.
The pair compiled matching totals of 211, 5-under-par, with Meadow returning a second successive 4-under-par 68 to tie Kan at the top of the leaderboard. It is Meadow’s ninth college victory, six more wins than any other University of Alabama player.
Kan, a student at Purdue University, breaks into the world top 75, climbing 39 places to 73rd.
Simin Feng of China edged American Allyssa Ferrell to win the Central District Invitational. Both tied on 54-hole totals of 9-under-par 207. Feng, a student at Vanderbilt University, was awarded the title courtesy of her birdie at the 18th hole to Ferrell’s par.
Feng moves 11 places this week to world number 53. Ferrell, of Michigan State, improves 51 spots to 150th.
Colombia’s Camila Serrano climbs 405 rankings this week to 401st after winning the JU Amelia Island Collegiate in Fernandina Beach, Florida. The Florida International University student tied with Tiffany Chan of Daytona State College, but won the title in a four-hole playoff.
Chan jumps 72 places this week to world number 140th.