The Men

Niemann becomes world number three in top 10 revamp

Joaquim Niemann
  • Chile’s Joaquim Niemann moves to third on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM in a much-changed top 10. Niemann, who recently finished second in the Latin American Amateur Championship, rises two spots to replace England’s Sam Horsfield, who drops to fourth. Austria’s Matias Schwab is the other casualty of Niemann’s improvement. Schwab, runner-up in the 2012 Amateur Championship, drops to fifth. Americans Dylan Meyer and Noah Goodwin along with Cheng Jin of China all rise one place to seventh, eighth and ninth respectively as a result of Amateur Champion Scott Gregory’s falling three places to 10th.

Performance of the week

Clark improves with Arizona win

  • American Wyndham Clark jumps 57 rankings to 125th courtesy of victory in the Arizona Intercollegiate. The University of Oregon player eked out a one-shot victory after scores of 70, 71 and 68 gave him 4-under-par 209 total.

Armstrong wins Avondale Medal

  • Australian Joshua Armstrong posted scores of 67, 69, 66 and 71 for an 11-under-par 273 to win the Avondale Medal. The 17-year-old climbs 76 spots to 294th as a result.

Top 20 movers

  • John Oda of the United States is the only new top 20 player with a one-ranking rise to 20th.

Top 50 movers

  • Four players join the top 50. China’s Yechun Carl Yuan improves 15 places to 43rd. Countryman Andy Zhang climbs 32 spots to 44th. Bradley Moore of England rises six places to 47th after third place in the Avondale medal. American Braden Bailey completes the quartet by edging up one spot to 50th.

    Biggest ranking improvement

    • South African Slade Pickering makes the week’s biggest improvement by jumping 1,544 rankings to world number 4,0005 with a 10th place finish in the Gauteng North Open.

    The Women

    Valenzuela rises to world number three

    Albane Valenzuela
    • Albane Valenzuela becomes the world’s third best amateur with a rise of two places on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM. Valenzuela, who represented Switzerland in last year’s Olympic Games, swaps places with Korea’s Hye-jin Choi, while Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey drops to world number five. Leona Maquire maintains her grip on the number one spot, with Hannah O’Sullivan of the United States remaining in second spot.

    Performance of the week

    • Italy’s Letizia Bagnoli wasn’t among the favourites when she turned up for the Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship at Montado Golf Club near Lisbon. However, the 624th ranked player surprised the field to take the prestigious title. Scores of 67, 73, 72 and 70 gave her a 6-under 282 total, and a one-shot victory over Denmark’s Line Toft Hansen and Beatrice Wallin of Sweden.
    • Bagnoli jumps 206 rankings this week to 418th. Toft Hansen improves 68 places to 232nd, while Wallin rises nine spots to 69th.

    Zheng wins battle of Hastings

    • New Zealander Rose Zheng advances 20 rankings this week to 338th after winning the Hastings Open in her homeland. Zheng was a strong favourite to take the title, since she is the reigning New Zealand Women’s Amateur Champion. Last October, she followed in the footsteps of Lydia Ko when, aged 14, she became the New Zealand Amateur Championship’s second youngest winner after Ko.

      Biggest ranking improvement

      • There are no new top 20, 50 or 100 movers in a slow week for the women’s amateur game, while Carmen Lim makes the biggest move up the WAGR table. The New Zealand amateur jumps 422 places to world number 2,111.
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