The Men

Performances of the week

Lee becomes top Australian

  • Min Woo Lee takes over as the highest ranked Australian on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM with an 11-ranking rise to 21st. He moves one position ahead of Dylan Perry, runner up in this year’s Amateur Championship at Royal St George’s.
  • Lee has a two victories this year, the Western Australia Amateur Championship and Royal Freemantle Amateur Open. He also has a string of impressive top five finishes, including runner-up in the Australian Amateur, second in the Sahalee Players Championship and third in the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship.

Higgo finishes strong to win Bobby Locke

  • Garrick Higgo of South Africa climbs 27 rankings to 175th after victory in the Bobby Locke Open Championship. The 17 year old produced a birdie-birdie finish for a final round of 68 to take the title by three shots.

Nienaber untouchable in Joburg

  • Wilco Nienaber was in a league of his own in winning the Central Gauteng Open Stroke Play in Johannesburg. Nienaber opened with an eight-under-par 64 and added scores of 68, 68 and 67 for a 19-under-par 269 to run out an eight-shot winner. He jumps 201 places to 683rd on this week’s WAGR table.

Top 20 movers

  • Two U.S. players move into this week’s top 20 with identical two-ranking rises. Chandler Phillips moves to 19th while Dawson Armstrong takes over 20th spot.

Top 50 movers

  • The top 50 also welcomes two new incomers. New Zealander Daniel Hillier advances eight spots to 49th while Dylan Wu edges up one place to become the world’s 50thbest player.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • South African Ryan Van Velzen is the week’s most improved player with a jump of 1,090 rankings to world number 2,610.

The Women

Performances of the week

Chugg recovers to win U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur

  • Kelsey Chugg recovered form a horrendous start to win the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship over the Cypress Creek Course at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. The Salt Lake City, Utah resident opened her championship bid with an 85 in the first qualifying round. The score reduced her to tears, but she fought back with a second round 72 to qualify for the match play stages as 50th seed.
  • The 26-year-old was a different player during the match play rounds. Chugg was never required to play the 18th hole during her six head-to-head wins. She capped off the week with 3&1 win over 58-year-old Mary Jane Hiestand of Naples, Florida.
  • Chugg, who works as membership director for the Utah Golf Association, became the sixth Utah native, and only the second woman after Annie Thurman won the 2002 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, to win a USGA event. Her victory earns her a place in next year’s U.S. Women’s Open. She also climbs 345 rankings on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM to 1,991st. Hiestand jumps 227 positions to world number 2,264.
  • Katie Miller, Lauren Greenlief and Marissa Mar tied for the 36-hole qualifying lead with two-under 142 totals. Miller rises 182 spots to 2,252nd, Greenlief advances 113 places to 1,199th while Mar earns a WAGR spot at world number 2,424.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Nanako Ueno of Japan takes that honour, with a jump of 469 rankings to 271st. Ueno becomes the seventh highest ranked Japanese player on the WAGR table.
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