The Men

Performances of the week

Chaplet belies ranking, years with Latin America win

Paul Chaplet
  • Paul Chaplet wasn’t among the favourites entering the Latin American Amateur Championship. He was ranked 832nd on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM, and only 16-years-old. Yet the Costa Rican returned a 2-under-par final round 70 to come out on top. His 3-under-par 285 total over Casa de Campo’s Teeth of the Dog course in the Dominican Republic gave him a one-shot victory over Venezuela’s Jorge Garcia. Chaplet earns a spot in the Masters and an exemption into Open Championship Final Qualifying.
  • Chaplet soars 438 rankings to 394th, while Garcia rises 10 places to 26th.

Syme shines Down Under

  • Connor Syme became the third Scot in 13 years to win the Australian Amateur Championship after defeating local boy Travis Smyth 3&2 in the 36-hole final at the Metropolitan Club in Melbourne. Syme joins Jack Doherty (2003) and Eric Ramsay (2005) as recent winners of Australia’s national championship. The victory earns Syme a spot in this year’s Emirates Australian Open. It also sees him climb 94 places to 52nd. Smyth improves to 109th, a rise of 118 places.

Cantero-Gutierrez solidifies top 20 status

  • Spain’s Ivan Cantero-Gutierrez solidifies his status in the world top 20 by winning the Copa de Andalucia at the Real Club De Golf Guadalmina in Marbella. He romped to an eight-shot victory. He rises to 14th from 19th.

Top 50 movers

  • There are no new top 20 players, while Chun-An Yu of Taipei is the only player to break into the top 50. He edges up one spot to 50th.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Spain’s Felipe Barrena takes that honour with a jump of 1,377 rankings to world number 3,890.

The Women

Performances of the week

Parra Luque closes gap on top two

Parra Luque
  • Spain’s Maria Parra Luque took a step closer to the world’s top two players, Northern Ireland’s Leona Maguire and Hannah O’Sullivan of the United States, by winning the Copa de Andalucia at the Real Club De Golf Guadalmina in Marbella, Spain. Parra Luque, third on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM, returned scores of 76, 77 and 76 for a 10-over-par total of 229. She eked out a one-shot victory over Paz Marfa Sans, who improves 52 places to 227th.

Park surprises in Australian Amateur

  • Korea’s Min-Ji Park came from nowhere to win the Australian Amateur Championship. The 18-year-old was a surprise winner for two reasons: she was making her first overseas trip, and she entered the tournament ranked 1,222. Yet Park overcame compatriot A-yean Cho 6&5 to land her first significant title. She also earns a start in next month’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Park climbs 816 spots on this week’s ranking to 404th. Cho jumps 770 rankings to 807th.

Fassi wins Mexican Amateur

  • Mexico’s Maria Fassi rises 43 rankings this week after winning her national championship for the second consecutive year. Fassi, who has just began her college career at the University of Arkansas, becomes the world’s 98th best player.

Top 100 movers

  • The make up of the world top 20 and 50 remains the same this week, while Farsi is the only new entrant in the world top 100.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Min-Ji Park’s 816 ranking improvement to world number 404 for winning the Australian Amateur makes her this week’s most improved player.
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