The Men

Performance of the week

Viktor takes U.S. Amateur spoils

 

Viktor Hovland is now the fourth best player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM after becoming the first Norwegian winner of the U.S. Amateur Championship. The Oklahoma State player defeated American Devon Bling 6&5 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.

 

Hovland was the runaway winner in more ways than one. He only trailed once in six matches, by one hole, and tied the record for fewest holes played (104) since the current format began in 1979.

 

Hovland advances one ranking, swapping places with England’s Matthew Jordan. Bling leaps 197 spots to 105th. Semi-finalists Cole Hammer and Isaiah Salinda make significant moves. Hammer, who lost 3&2 to Hovland, makes a 10-ranking rise to seventh. Salinda, who went down by one hole to Bling, improves 39 positions to 34th.

 

Australian Daniel Hillier took top seed with a 6-under 137 in 36-hole qualifying and edges up one spot to 26th.

 

Gough joins Fitzpatrick as Boys winner

 

Conor Gough became first English winner of the Boys Amateur since Matthew Fitzpatrick in 2012 when he defeated Spaniard Jose Luis Ballester 3&1 at Royal Portrush. Gough climbs 1,817 places to 33rd, while Ballester advances 1,072 positions to 225th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

England’s Alex Fitzpatrick is the most notable name to join Gough and Salinda in the top 50 after reaching the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals. Fitzpatrick, brother to Ryder Cup player Matthew, will enter his first year at Wake Forest University next month as a top 30 player after a 38-ranking rise to 29th. Spaniard Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra Coto moves 15 spots to 37th, while American Noah Goodwin advances 18 positions to 46th. There are no new top 20 players.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Belgium’s Gaspard Oliviers jumps 1,879 places to 2,376th.

The Women

Performances of the week

 

Spitz records historic Girls’ Amateur win

 

Emma Spitz made history at Ardglass Golf Club, Northern Ireland, by becoming the first Austrian winner of the Girls' British Open Amateur Championship. The 18 year old defeated compatriot and childhood friend Isabella Holpfer 2&1 to take the title in the 90th running of the prestigious junior tournament.

 

The two-time Junior Solheim Cup player earns an invite to next year’s inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship. She also picks up an exemption into Final Qualifying for the Women’s British Open at Woburn, where she will hope to join fellow Girls’ British Open Amateur champions Anna Nordqvist, Suzann Pettersen and reigning Women’s British Open champion Georgia Hall. 

 

It is Spitz’s second win of the year following victory in the Italian International Ladies Amateur Championship, and takes her inside the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 35 with a jump of 25 places to 34th. Holpfer advances 132 places to 226th.

 

Zhang swings in top 35

 

American Rose Zhang makes a nine-ranking advancement to world number 35 thanks to victory in the Swinging Skirts AJGA Invitational at the Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The Irvine, California native came from three shots off the lead entering the final round to win by two shots. Her 3-under 69 gave her a 54 hole aggregate of 208, 8-under.

 

Top 50 movers

 

No one breaks into this week’s top 20, while Sweden’s Linn Grant joins Spitz in the top 50 by edging up two spots to 50th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

England’s Charlotte Heath takes that honour after reaching the semi-finals of the Girls' British Open Amateur, where she lost to Isabella Holpfer. Her consolation is jump of 1,230 rankings to 241st.

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