The Men

Performances of the week

Murray’s Master performance

  • Zach Murray breaks into the top 100 of the World Amateur Golf RankingTM after winning one of Australia’s most prestigious amateur tournaments. The 17-year-old topped the field in the Australian Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
  • Rounds of 69, 69, 67 and 71 gave Murray a 12-under-par total of 276. He won by two shots over Cory Crawford. Ben Eccles and American Bryson DeChambeau finished third on 280.
  • Murray climbs 277 rankings this week to 100th in the world. Crawford improves 29 places to 80th. DeChambeau moves four spots to 30th, while Eccles rises 18 rankings to 128th.

Horsfield improves Walker Cup chances

  • England’s Sam Horsfield did his chances of a place in the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team the power of good by winning the New Year's Invitational for the second consecutive year. Horsfield eagled St Petersburg Country Club’s 18th hole in the final round to defeat Brandon Pierce by a shot.
  • Horsfield’s closing 69 gave him an 8-under-par total of 280. He maintains his status as the world’s 26th best amateur. Pierce soars 1,136 rankings to world number 2,307.

Top 50 movers

  • There are no new faces in this week’s top 20. Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent is the only player to breach the top 50 with a rise of six places to 48th.

Top 100 movers

  • Luke Toomey of New Zealand and Japan’s Kenta Konishi join Murray and Crawford in this week’s top 100. Toomey rises 43 spots to 90th, while Konishi improves 33 places to 96th.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • England’s David Blick is this week’s most improved player with a rise of 1,152 rankings to world number 4,177.

The Women

Performances of the week

Shin dominates Lake Macquarie

  • Australia’s Shelly Shin breaks into the top 20 of the World Amateur Golf RankingTM with an emphatic victory in the Lake Macquarie International Amateur Championship. Shin cruised to a nine-shot victory over Rebecca Kay and Karis Davidson.
  • Shin rises 11 places to 15th to solidify her status as the world’s top ranked Australian. Davidson strengthens her position as Australian number two with a rise of seven rankings to 41st.  Kay improves 134 spots to 387th.

Korda wins Harder Hall

  • Nelly Korda emerged from big sister Jessica’s shadow to win the Harder Hall Invitational in Sebring, Florida. Jessica never won the Harder Hall but has gone on to win three LPGA titles.
  • Sixteen-year-old Nelly began the tournament with a two-shot penalty after starting the tournament with father Petr as caddie. Petr, a grand slam winning tennis player in his day, did not know caddies were disallowed.
  • Nelly put that mishap behind her to go on to win by three shots over Allison Emrey.
  • Korda jumps 443 rankings to 137th while Emrey improves 39 places to 89th.

Fassi wins Mexican Amateur

  • Maria Fassi climbs 83 rankings to world number 271 after winning the Mexican Amateur Championship. She is the world’s fourth highest ranked Mexican.

Top 20 movers

  • Yan Jing of China joins Shin in the top 20 with a move of one place to 20th.

Top 50 movers

  • Chieh Jessica Peng of Taipei rises 12 spots to 47th.

Top 100 movers

  • Scotland’s Eilidh Briggs and Mexico’s Regina Plasencia join Emrey in the top 100. Briggs improves 21 rankings to 98th, while Plasencia climbs 26 places to 100th.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • France’s Manon Lasalarie is the biggest riser with a jump of 585 rankings to world number 1,964.
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