The Men

Performances of the week

Jin cracks top 10 with Players win

  • China’s Cheng Jin breaks into the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 10 with a two-shot victory in the Players Amateur. Jin, the reigning Asia-Pacific Amateur champion, returned scores of 69, 67, 69 and 70 for a 13-under 275 total and a two-shot victory. He rises nine places this week to become the world’s eighth best player.

Zalatoris follows in Nicklaus’s footsteps

Will Zalatoris
  • Will Zalatoris achieved his dream of winning the Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship for a second time to emulate Jack Nicklaus, the 1958 and 1959 champion. Zalatoris took the 2014 title at Southern Hills. He won this year at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. The former U.S. Junior Amateur champion had to hole a five-foot par putt on the final green to take the trophy. His 6-under-par 274 gave him a one-shot victory. Zalatoris jumps 27 spots on this week’s table to 33rd.

Stranger rules the South

  • American Jimmy Stranger breaks into the top 100 after winning the Southern Amateur Championship thanks to a closing 6-under-par 66. He came from three shots behind to win by one with a 12-under-par 276. Stranger climbs 70 rankings to 66th.

    Top 20 movers

    • Rico Hoey, who recently made his second appearance for the USA in the Arnold Palmer Cup, is the only new top 20 player with a one-ranking improvement to 20th.

    Top 50 movers

    • Americans Doug Ghim and Davis Riley are the only two new top 50 players. Ghim rises 12 places to 44th, while Riley edges up two spots to 49th.

    Biggest ranking improvement

    • Keegan Bronnenberg of the United States is the most improved player with a jump of 1,461 rankings to world number 3,672.

      The Women

      Performances of the week

      Gilman wins North & South

      • Kristen Gilman breaks into the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 50 with victory in the prestigious North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst. Gilman, who will play college golf for the University of Alabama this year, defeated Katelyn Dambaugh 3&2 in the final. Gilman’s success was built on winning three holes from the ninth to take control of the match.
      • The 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion jumps 65 rankings to 42nd. Dambaugh moves up one place to 12th.

      Giles completes English set

      • Samantha Giles completed a full set of English national championships with victory in the English Women’s Amateur Championship at West Lancashire Golf Club. Giles added the title to the Women’s English Stroke Play she won last year and the 2014 English Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.
      • The 21-year-old from St Mellion won by one stroke from Lizzie Prior with a 1-under-par 296 after scores of 74, 75, 74 and 72. Giles improves 86 places to 260th, while Prior advances 27 rankings to 219th.

          Hataoka wins IMG Junior World

          • Nasa Hataoka of Japan rises seven rankings this week to 32nd after winning the IMG Academy Junior World Championship. She becomes the world’s highest ranked Japanese player.

          Top 50 movers

          • There are no new top 20 players this week, while Gilman’s North & South Amateur Championship victory makes her the only new top 50 player.

          Top 100 movers

          • Lucia Gutierrez of Peru is the only player to break into the top 100 with a one-place move to world number 100

          Biggest ranking improvement

          • Korea’s Hae-ran Ryu is the week’s most improved player with a jump of 1,701 rankings to world number 324.
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