The Men

Performance of the week

Wolff comes out fighting

 

Matthew Wolff held off an excellent field to win the OFCC Fighting Illini Invite and make a significant move inside the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 10. The Oklahoma State student opened with a 5-under 65 and stayed on top of the leaderboard despite being chased by Justin Suh, Collin Morikawa and Viktor Hovland, the world’s second, third and fourth best players. Further scores of 69 and 70 gave Wolff a 6-under 204 total, one shot better than Morikawa. Wolff becomes the world fifth best player with a two-ranking rise.

 

Smalley enters top 35 with Louisville win

 

American Alex Smalley makes a 13-ranking improvement to world number 32 by winning the Louisville Cardinal Challenge. Smalley, a Duke University student, ran out a four-shot winner after rounds of 61, 66 and 70 for 16-under 197 total. He rises 13 positions to 35th.

 

Osborne defies Hurricane Florence

 

American Charles Osborne began his collegiate career for SMU by winning the Ocean Course Invitational at Kiawah Island. Osborne returned scores of 70 and 71 to claim the title after the final round was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence. Osborne climbs 178 rankings to 425th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Spaniard Angel Hidalgo and American Stewart Hagestad make two-ranking rises to 19th and 20th respectively.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Five players join the top 50. Australian Jack Thompson jumps 39 places to 33rd. Luis Fernando of Peru improves six spots to 47th. American Trent Phillips is three positions better off in 48th. Peter O'Keeffe from Ireland advances 17 places to 49th, while Germany’s Allen John moves to 50th with a two-ranking rise.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

American Ross Redmont takes the biggest leap up the world order with a jump of 1,391 rankings to 3,641st.

 

The Women

Performances of the week

 

Thitikul storms to World Junior title

 

Atthaya Thitikul strengthens her status as the 11th best player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM with a storming finish to win the World Junior Girls Championship in Canada. The Thai golfer returned a closing 12-under-par 60 at Camelot Golf and Country Club in Ottawa to post a 20-under-par 268 to come from seven shots behind Alessia Nobilio and defeat the Italian by two shots. Thitikul adds the title to the Woman’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship she won earlier this year. It’s her sixth win of the season. Nobilio edges up one spot inside the world top 20 to 19th.

 

Brooks tames Cougar on return to top form

 

Sierra Brooks’s victory in the Cougar Classic is further proof she’s heading back to the form that saw her attain a career high of sixth on the WAGR table. The 2016 U.S. Curtis Cup player, whose progress has been hindered by injury, finished on 17-under for 36 holes after scores of 65 and 62. She was seven shots ahead of the field, and was declared champion when Hurricane Florence forced cancellation of the final round. She climbs 14 rankings to 26th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

There are no new top 20 players while Natalie Srinivasan and Yuna Nishimura join the top 50. American Srinivasan is 10 places better off in 46th, while Nishimura takes over 50th spot with a two-ranking rise.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Alexa Clark of the United States takes that honour this week with a jump of 546 positions to 2,696th after winning the Battle at Old Works tournament in Anaconda, Montana. The Eastern Washington University student took the title by four shots after posting a 3-over 219 total.

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