The Women

Performances of the week

Historic win takes Thitikul into top 40

Atthaya Thitikul’s historic victory in the inaugural Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore helps her break into the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 40. The 15-year-old Thai player was crowned champion after emerging victorious from a sudden death playoff.

Rounds of 65, 71, 69 and 71 gave Thitikul an 8-under 276 total to tie with New Zealand’s Wenyung Keh, Yuka Saso of the Philippines and Japan’s Yuna Nishimura. Thitikul needed three extra holes to emerge as champion.

The victory earns Thitikul an invitation to this week’s HSBC Women’s World Championship, also at Sentosa Golf Club, the ANA Inspiration and the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

Thitikul’s extra bonus is an improvement of 16 places to 39th on the WAGR table. Saso makes a four-ranking rise to 34th, Nishimura advances 23 rankings to 40th, while Keh climbs 53 spots to 95th.

Atthaya Thitikul at WAAP
Atthaya Thitikul

Brooks makes it two out of three

Sierra Brooks jumps 432 places on this week’s ranking to 499th after winning her second event in three starts. The U.S. Curtis Cup player won the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate to add to the Gator Challenge she won last month. The University of Florida player posted rounds of 69, 69 and 71 for a 7-under 209 total and a four-shot victory.

Top 50 movers

Jiwon Jeon of Korea joins Thitihul and Nishimura in this week’s top 50 with a move of 28 places to 45th. There are no new top 20 players.

Biggest ranking improvement

Taylor Ledwein of the United States is the week’s most improved player. She jumps 601 rankings to 663rd after finishing 23rd in the Amelia Island Collegiate.

The Men

Performances of the week

Perico earns second AJGA win

Julian Perico strengthened his status as Peru’s number two player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM thanks to victory in the AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods in Texas, his second American Junior Golf Association win. Perico powered his way to a two-shot victory over American Logan McAllister with a second round 65, 7-under. An opening 71 and closing 69 gave him a winning 205 score, 11-under.

Perico advances 50 rankings to 199th, just 52 places behind compatriot Luis Fernando Barco in 147thposition. McAllister improves 374 places to 380th.

Hodges cracks top 100 in Puerto Rico

American Lee Hodges breaks into this week’s top 100 courtesy of victory in the Puerto Rico Classic at Rio Mar Country Club. The University of Alabama student played the par-71 layout with scores of 67, 68 and 71. His 7-under 206 tally was two strokes better than Clemson’s Turk Pettit. Hodges advances 33 spots 99th, while Pettit climbs 274 places to 224th.

Pak soars at Golden Eagle

John Pak moves nearer the top 50 after winning the Seminole Intercollegiate at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, Florida. He sandwiched a second round 66 between scores of 71 and 70 for an 8-under 208 and a three-shot win. He advances to 51st from last week’s ranking of 66th.

Top 100 movers

There are no movements into the top 20 or 50 this week, while fellow American Mark Lawrence joins Hodges in the top 100 with a 13-ranking rise to 98th.

Biggest ranking improvement

Dylan Menante of the United States takes that honour by climbing 1,271 positions to world number 4,061 after an 11th place finish in the AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods.

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