McNealy leads amateur challenge in The Open

The Men

  • Maverick McNealy, the number two player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM, leads the amateur charge in the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. He is one of five amateurs in the field. World number nine Connor Syme of Scotland, 2016 and 2017 European Amateur champions Luca Cianchetti (23) and Alfie Plant (32) and reigning Amateur champion Harry Ellis (99) join him the search for the silver medal as low amateur.

Performances of the week

Champ joins top 15

  • American Cameron Champ climbs 19 places on this week’s table to world number 13 by winning the Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship. The Texas A&M student won by four shots after posting rounds of 70, 65 and 66 for a 54-hole total of 201, four under, in the weather shortened event.
  • Colin Morikawa and Stoney Crouch finished in second place. Morikawa solidifies his status as the world’s fifth best amateur, while Crouch jumps 86 spots to world number 374. 

Knowles is the Players Amateur

  • Philip Knowles soars 86 rankings to 374th with victory in the Players Amateur. The University of North Florida player defeated Bryson Nimmer at the second playoff hole after the pair had tied on 13-under-par 271. Nimmer’s consolation is a jump of 38 places to 166th.

Top 20 movers

  • Champ is the only new top 20 player this week.

Top 50 movers

  • Scott Harvey of the United States joins this week’s top 50 with a move of three places to 49th.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Canadian Ryan McMillan is the week’s most improved player with a jump of 1,615 rankings to world number 3,658 after winning the Accurate Dorwin Manitoba Junior Championship.

The Women

Choi strengthen status after U.S. Women’s Open

  • Hye-jin Choi of Korea closes the gap on world number one Leona Maguire with a runner-up finish in the U.S. Women’s Open Championship. World number two Choi finished two strokes behind countrywomen Sung Hyun Park with a 9-under-par 279 after round of 69, 69, 70 and 71. Jennifer Kupcho finished joint 21st and improves six places on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM to fourth.

Quihuis moves into top 40

  • Krystal Quihuis of the United States moves into top 40 with victory in the TRANS Amateur Championship. Quihuis returned scores of 70, 70, 68 and 73 for a 281 total to find herself in a playoff with Sarah Burnham. University of Arizona player Quihuis won at the first playoff hole.
  • Quihuis improves 10 rankings this week to 38th, while Burnham rises five places to 28th.

Fierro joins top 90 with North & South win

  • Isabella Fierro of Mexico improves 65 rankings this week to 85th after winning the North & South Women’s Amateur Championship to improve her status as the world’s second best Mexican behind world number 45 Maria Fassi.

Top 20 movers

  • American Kristen Gillman and Maria Torres of Peru join the top 20 with four-ranking rises. Gillman moves to 17th, while Torres becomes the world’s 19th best player.

Top 50 movers

  • France’s Mathilda Cappeliez is the only new top 50 player with a move of four spots to 47th.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Brooke Seay of the United States makes the week’s biggest move with a jump of 713 rankings to 520th.
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