The Men

Performances of the week

Paratore graduates in style

  • Italy’s Renato Paratore proved yet again that the world’s best amateurs can compete successfully in the professional game by earning a card for the 2015 European Tour.
  • Paratore arrived at the European Qualifying School at PGA Cataluyna Resort in Girona, Spain as the number seven player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM. The17-year-old held the fifth round lead, eventually finishing on 16-under-par to take the third card. He has now joined the professional ranks and should play a full schedule on next year’s European Tour.

Fitzpatrick joins Paratore

  • Former world number one Matthew Fitzpatrick joins Paratore on the 2015 European Tour. The 2013 Mark H. McCormack Medal recipient as the world’s best amateur took the 10th card at the Qualifying School.

Herbert becomes world number four

  • Australia’s Lucas Herbert moves to world number four this week after a jump of five rankings. The number one ranked Australian proved he is worthy of such lofty status by finishing joint second low individual in the World Amateur Team Championship in September.   

Top 20 movers

  • Spain’s Mario Galiano advances two rankings this week to 19th, while Ryan Ruffels of Australia climbs five places to 20th.

Top 50 movers

  • Costa Rica’s Jose Mendez is the only player to breach the top 50. He rises one spot to 50th.

Top 100 movers

  • Two players move into the top 100. Gisli Sveinbergsson of Israel improves two places to 99th, while Hank Lebioda of the United States also rise two spots to become the world’s 100th best player.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • New Zealand’s Minsoo Ko is this week’s most improved player with a rise of 1,347 rankings to world number 3,382.

The Women

Performances of the week

Cheng wins on LET

  • Taipei’s Ssu-Chia Cheng stunned the best professionals on the Ladies European Tour by winning the Xiamen Open on her Ladies European Tour debut.
  • The 17-year-old carded a closing 68 after earlier scores of 70 and 68 for a 10-under-par total of 206 to win by three shots from France’s Marion Ricordeau.
  • It’s the first time I’ve played in a Ladies European Tour tournament, so I feel it was a challenge to myself and made me play well,” she said. “I did not have high expectations entering this week. I thought it would be a great result if I finished in the top 10.”
  • The win accompanies Cheng’s silver medal in this year’s Youth Olympics and Asian Games, and moves her into the top 20 of the World Amateur Golf RankingTM. She rises seven places to 15th.

Chen makes it Taipei double

  • Ching-Tzu Chen made it a double celebration for golf in Taipei by winning the Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championship. Chen improves 43 places on this week’s ranking to world number 581st as a result.

Bettencourt goes one better

  • Australia’s Hayley Bettencourt romped to victory in the Tasmanian Amateur Championship with a 9&8 victory over Sophie Cusack. Bettencourt made up for losing in last year’s final. She improves 14 places this week to 196th.  

Top 20 movers

  • Cheng is the only player to breach this week’s top 20. 

Top 50 movers

  • Australia’s Shelly Shin is the only new face in the top 50 with a jump of 11 rankings to 44th.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Japan’s Nanoko Hayashi takes that honour this week with a rise of 405 rankings to world number 1,889.
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