The Women

Maguire stays in amateur ranks

Leona Maguire
  • Amateur golf fans received good news this week with Leona Maguire’s decision to delay turning professional until she finishes her college degree. Maguire, the number one player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM and twice a recipient of the Mark H McCormack Medal as the world’s leading amateur in 2015 and 2016, had planned to attend Stage III of the LPGA Qualifying School. The three-time Curtis Cup player has decided to complete her studies at Duke University, where she is studying Psychology, Business and Accounting.
  • Maguire, from Cavan, Ireland, is scheduled to graduate in the summer of 2018.

Performances of the week

Choi wins on AJGA debut

  • Korea’s Hye-Jin Choi made an impressive debut on the American Junior Golf Association Tour by winning the Polo Junior Classic at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Choi began as the number one seed after leading the 36-hole qualifying with a 7-under-par 137. She lived up to her billing by defeating Youngin Chun of Gainesville, Florida 2&1 in the final. Choi strengthens her grip on the world number seven position while Chun rises 83 rankings to 385th.

Davidson triumphs in the Dunes

  • Australia’s Karis Davidson improves her status as Australia’s third highest ranked amateur with one-shot victory in the Dunes Medal. She rises two places this week to 83rd.

Top 50 movers

  • There are no new top 20 players, while China’s Muni He edges up one place to 50th.

Top 100 movers

  • American Kassidy Teare is the only new top 100 player with a two-ranking rise to 100th.

    Biggest ranking improvement

    • Rose Zhang of the United States makes the week’s biggest move with a jump of 512 rankings to world number 1,982.

    The Men

    McNealy headlines Walker Cup squad

    Maverick McNealy
    • Maverick McNealy will spearhead America’s attempt to win back the Walker Cup when the U.S. team faces Great Britain & Ireland at Los Angeles Country Club next September. McNealy, the number one player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM, was one of 16 players named to a United States Golf Association squad to visit Los Angeles Country Club next month. McNealy is one of two 2015 U.S. Walker Cup teams members along with Scott Harvey, who is ranked 60th on the WAGR table. The others, with WAGR positions in brackets, are: Dawson Armstrong (30), Sean Crocker (14), Brad Dalke (119), Doug Ghim (33), Stewart Hagestad (1,162), Gavin Hall (19), Nick Hardy (60), Rico Hoey (25), Dylan Meyer (8), Collin Morikawa (16), John Oda (23), Scottie Scheffler (17), Jimmy Stanger (37) and Will Zalatoris (18).

    Performances of the week

    Bergeron rallies to win Polo Junior Classic

    • Jacob Bergeron of the United States rallied from two-down after 13 holes to win the American Junior Golf Association’s Polo Junior Classic. Bergeron, who will play college golf for Louisiana State University, defeated compatriot Davis Shore by one hole to take the prestigious title at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Bergeron jumps 1,699 places to world number 1,393, while Shore rises four places to 35th.

    Droop wins Dunes Medal

    • Australia’s Frazer Droop climbs 159 spots after winning the Dunes Medal. He moves to world number 569.

    Top 100 movers

    • There are no new top 20 or 50 players, while American Cameron Champ is the only new top 100 player. He improves two rankings to 99th.

      Biggest ranking improvement

      • Argentina’s Mauro Baez Julien is the week’s most improved player with a 1,733-ranking rise to world number 3,982.
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