The Men

Performances of the week

Double delight for Thomas

  • Rayhan Thomas heads into 2018 with two reasons to celebrate. He’s just made a verbal agreement to attend Oklahoma State, and he does so after breaking into the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 20 with a three-ranking rise to 19th.
  • Thomas, who has already won a professional tournament, isn’t the first Indian to join the college ranks. Compatriot Shiv Kapur attended Purdue. However, Thomas is the highest profile Indian to do so. He joins one of the strongest programs in U.S. college golf, a program that’s produced world stars in Rickie Fowler and Alex Noren among others.

Performances of the week

Micheluzzi cruises to Victorian Amateur title

  • Australian David Micheluzzi climbs four spots to 44th after a landslide win in the Victorian Amateur Championship at Kingston Heath. The 23-year-old faced Victorian Men’s State teammate Zach Murray in the 36-hole final and had an easier time than expected. Micheluzzi was eight holes up at lunch and didn’t need many holes in the afternoon to lift the trophy. He ran out a 9&8 winner. Murray’s consolation is a one-ranking rise to 62nd.

Wang breaks the bank

  • Wei-Hsuan Wang of Taipei advances 97 spots to 873rd thanks to victory in the Standard Chartered Bank National Winter Ranking Tournament in his homeland. 

Top 20 movers

  • Dylan Perry of Australia joins Rayhan Thomas in the top 20. Perry, runner-up to Harry Ellis in this year’s Amateur Championship, moves four places to 20th.

Top 50 movers

  • Cooper Dossey of the United States is the only new top 50 player. He edges up one spot to 50th.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Australian Hayden Hopewell is the week’s highest riser with a jump of 1,475 rankings to world number 3,995 after reaching the Victorian Amateur Championship second round.

The Women

Performances of the week

Bunque upsets rankings to win Victorian Amateur

  • Stephanie Bunque of Australia jumps 156 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM to 595th after winning the Victorian Amateur Championship at Kingston Heath Golf Club. The 20-year-old took the title despite going up against stronger opposition in Grace Kim from New South Wales.
  • Bunque, a member of Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne, entered the championship ranked 682 places below Kim on the WAGR table. However, she defeated Kim 5&4 in the 36-hole final. The victory made up for a disappointing runner-up finish two years ago. Kim makes a one-ranking rise to 68th.

Fortuna cracks top 600 with Malaysian Junior win

  • Mikhaella Fortuna of the Philippines breaks into this week’s top 600 with a 26-ranking rise to 581st thanks to victory in the 100 Plus Malaysian Junior Open.

Yu sets the Standard

  • Taipei’s Han-Hsuan Yu also breaks into the top 600. Victory in the Standard Chartered Bank National Winter Ranking Tournament in her homeland helps her advance 90 positions to 502nd.

Top 20 movers

  • Rachel Heck of the United States is the only player to break into the top 20. She makes a two-ranking rise to 20th.

Top 50 movers

  • Mexico’s Isabella Fierro is the only new face in this week’s top 50 by edging up one spot to 50th.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Taipei’s Ling-Jie Chen makes the week’s biggest mover. She jumps 464 rankings to world number 1,358.
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