Performance of the week
Hammer joins Woods at Western Amateur
Cole Hammer has followed in the footsteps of Tiger Woods by winning the Western Amateur Championship. The 18-year-old became the fifth 18 year old winner. Woods is one of the other four, achieving the feat in 1994. Hammer, who will begin his college career at the University of Texas next month, defeated Davis Riley by one hole. The Houston resident breaks into the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 20 with a jump of 15 rankings to 18th, while Riley improves three rankings to 24th.
Thurloway follows in footsteps of English stars
Thomas Thurloway’s name is now etched on the English Amateur Championship trophy along with Tommy Fleetwood, Danny Willett and Paul Casey after he defeated Joe Long 6&5 at Formby Golf Club. It was the 20 year old’s second straight win following victory in the Walton Heath Trophy. Thurloway jumps 416 places to 339th, while Long advances 250 positions to 291st.
Bhatia joins top 40 with Junior PGA win
Akshay Bhatia moves 12 spots to world number 34 by successfully defending the Boy's Junior PGA Championship. Bhatia won last year’s title with a record score, and defended it in style this year. The 16-year-old chipped in for eagle at the 72nd hole for a one-shot victory.
Top 20 movers
India’s Rayhan Thomas joins Hammer in the top 20 with a three-ranking rise to 19th.
Top 50 movers
American Brandon Wu and Victor Pastor of Spain break into the top 50. Wu rises 13 places to 41st, while Pastor is four rankings better off at 47th.
Performances of the week
Kupcho regains top spot
The seesaw battle between Jennifer Kupcho and Lilia Vu for World Amateur Golf RankingTM number one status tilts in Kupcho’s favour this week. Kupcho ousts Vu from the top spot she took from Kupcho last week. Vu finished third in the SCGA Women's Amateur Championship but it wasn’t enough to keep her atop the WAGR table. She slips to second.
Thitikul holds her own among world elite
Atthaya Thitikul’s performance in the $3 million Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham proved yet again the line between elite amateurs and top professionals is thin. The world number 12 was one of seven amateurs in the field, but the only one to make the cut. The Thai golfer finished joint 64th to earn the Smyth Salver as leading amateur. The reigning Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific champion follows in the footsteps of champion Georgia Hall, who shared the Smyth Salver with former World Amateur number one Lydia Ko at St Andrews in 2013.
Melton rules Southern California
Alexa Melton jumps 82 places to 153rd after winning the SCGA Women's Amateur Championship. The Covina, California native put together rounds of 69, 68 and 73 for a 9-under 210 total. She won by a shot over fellow Californian Zoe Campos, who improves 39 places to 145th.
Top 20 movers
Korean A-Yean Cho is the only new top 20 player. A five-ranking move to 20th makes her the world’s second-best Korean behind 10th ranked Jiwon Jeon.
Top 50 movers
Natalie Srinivasan of the United States breaks into the world top 50 by advancing two positions to 50th.
Biggest ranking improvement
American Haley Bookholdt makes the week’s biggest move with a jump or 535 places to world number 2,035.