The Men

Performances of the week

Neil becomes world number seven with Amateur victory

  • Bradley Neil moves to seventh on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM by becoming the first Scot to win the Amateur Championship in 10 years. Neil defeated South Africa’s Zander Lombard 2&1 at Royal Portrush.
  • It punctuates an outstanding season for the 18-year-old. The Blairgowrie player arrived in Northern Ireland with seven top ten finishes, including three seconds.
  • Neil moves 31 places this week to world number seven. Lombard breaks into the top 35 with a climb of 26 spots to 33rd.

Brown tops Amateur Championship qualifiers

  • Daniel Brown climbs 293 rankings this week to 161st after finishing leading qualifier in the 36-hole qualifying at Royal Portrush and Portstewart. The Englishman compiled an 8-under-par total of 133 to finish four shots ahead of the field. Brown made a good attempt at trying to become the fourth player to lead the qualifying and win the Amateur Championship. He made it to the quarterfinals.

Jolly sees red to win Northeast Amateur

  • Stewart Jolly of the United States becomes world number 21, a move of 62 rankings, after winning the Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, Rhode Island. The Birmingham, Alabama native was the only player in red figures for 72 holes. His 2-under-par 274 was good enough for a 2-shot victory over Jordan Niebrugge, who moves three places this week to fifth in the world.

World top 20 movers

  • Sweden’s Markus Kinhult and Brandon Hagy of the United States are the only players to breach the top 20. Kinhult climbs eight places to 13th, while Hagy advances four rankings to 18th.

Biggest ranking movement

  • That honour goes to Bolivia’s Kevin Muriel with a move of 1,511 places to 3,455th after winning the National Abierto Los Andes in his homeland.

The Women

Performances of the week

Henderson finishes low amateur at U.S. Women’s Open

  • Canada’s Brooke Mackenzie Henderson moves one place to number two on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM after edging Australia’s Minjee Lee to take the low amateur award in the U.S. Women’s Open Championship at Pinehurst.
  • Lee seemed set to take the award when she led the amateur contingent after 54 holes. However, the Australian posted a final round 76 to finish equal 22nd, while 16-year-old Henderson was one of only 16 players under par in the final round.
  • Henderson’s 1-under-par 69 gave her a 72-hole total of 285, seven shots behind winner Michelle Wie, to help her to a joint 10th place finish. It earns her a spot in next year’s championship.
  • The precocious Canadian already has five wins this season. She warmed up for Pinehurst with a closing 9-under-par 62 to win the Porter Cup.

Four other amateurs shine at Pinehurst

  • Henderson & Lee were two of six amateurs who made the cut at Pinehurst. France’s Mathilda Cappeliez, Emma Talley of the United States, Japanese amateur Chisato Hashimoto and Andrea Lee of the United States also played all 72 holes.
  • Cappeliez improves 16 places this week to 51st. Talley strengthens her hold on world number 14. Hashimoto is ranked 1,921st while Lee climbs 191 places to 78th.

Top 20 movers

  • England’s Annabel Dimmock moves back into the top 20 this week. The Curtis Cup player climbs seven places to 20th.

Top 50 movers

  • Lilia Khatu Vu of the United States takes 50th place with a move of 16 rankings.

Biggest ranking movement

  • American Courtney Zeng climbs 582 places this week to 1,848th with victory in the Golf Pride David Leadbetter Junior Classic.
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