Patrick Rodgers proved why he’s number one on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM with victory in the SH Collegiate Masters. It also put him in sight of a record Tiger Woods owns.
The Stanford player recorded his eighth college victory in three seasons. He is just three wins shy of Woods’ record of 11 college victories while at Stanford. Rodgers has just the rest of this season to try to emulate or pass Woods. Rodgers will turn pro in the summer, one year short of graduation.
Rodgers compiled a 54-hole total of 217, 1-over-par, for a two-shot victory over six players. Among the runner-ups was Finland’s Toni Hakula, second in last year’s Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports. Hakula breaks inside this week’s top 50 as a result, moving eight spots to 44th.
Roman Robledo of the United States breaks inside the top 25 after winning the SMU Querencia Cabo Collegiate tournament. The University of Houston player took the title after a one-shot victory over Baylor University’s Kyle Jones.
Robledo jumps 49 places this week to 23rd. Jones improves 63 rankings to 74th.
Italy’s Guido Migliozzi climbs 190 spots to world number 233 after taking the individual title in the European Nations Cup in Sotogrande, Spain. Migliozzi was a three-shot winner over Scotland’s Neil Bradley and Mario Galiano Aguilar of Spain. Bradley moves 38 spots to 63rd, while Aguilar takes up 71st spot, an improvement of 39 rankings.
Australia’s Ryan Ruffels moves to 52nd in the world from last week’s ranking of 112th after winning the prestigious Riversdale Cup. Jack Maguire of the Unites States also breaks inside the world top 60 thanks to winning the USF Invitational on the college circuit. Maguire takes his ranking to 59th from 116th.
Kyung Kim moves into the top 10 of the World Amateur Golf RankingTM after overcoming a strong field to win the Bruin Wave Invitational. It included getting the better of the world’s number two and three players.
The University of Southern California player returned scores of 70, 70 and 73 for a 3-under-par total of 213 to win by one-shot over teammates Doris Chen and Annie Park, the world number three. World number two Alison Lee finished three shots off the pace in joint fourth.
Kim climbs seven ranking this week to occupy 10th spot in the world order. Chen improves two places to 13th.
Denmark’s Nanna Madsen breaks into the world top 20 thanks to taking the individual title in the European Nations Cup in Sotogrande, Spain. She finished three shots ahead of Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela.
Madsen overtakes Emily Kristine Pedersen as the world’s top ranked Danish amateur after a move of eight rankings to 14th. Pedersen is the world’s 19th best amateur. Valenzuela climbs 95 rankings this week to world number 260.
China’s Yu Liu breaks into the top 25 after winning the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate. The Duke University player tied with Louisiana State University’s Caroline Nistrup on 2-under-par scores of 211, but birdied the first playoff hole to break the deadlock.
Liu improves 27 rankings to 22nd as a result. Nistrup climbs 11 spots to 33rd. She is the world’s third best Danish amateur.
Korea’s Shelly Shin won the Riversdale Cup in Australia and improves her world status by 36 places, moving to 60th this week.