The Women

Performances of the week

Maria Fassi proved yet again why she is the highest ranked Mexican player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTMwith her third Mexican Amateur victory in the last four years. Fassi ran out a 10-shot winner at Guadalajara Country Club after scores of 66, 71, 76 and 66 for a nine-under 279 total. She solidifies her status as the world’s 21st best player. She is 26 places above nearest Mexican rival Isabella Fierro. They are the only two Mexicans in the world top 200. 

Son braves cold to win Harder Hall

Korea’s Yujeong Son handled the freak conditions that plagued the Harder Hall Women's Invitational better than the rest of the field to win the title by six shots. It was unseasonably cold in Sebring, Florida for the 63rd running of one of the most prestigious tournaments in women’s amateur golf, so much so the first round was cancelled because of frost. Son, originally from South Korea but now living in Norman, Oklahoma, returned scores of 69, 72 and 75 for a 216 total. She adds the title to the Dixie Women’s Amateur and Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial events she won to close out 2017. She begins 2018 by moving into the world top 40 with a 17-ranking rise to 34th.

Top 50 movers

There are no new top 20 players this week, while Yuka Saso of the Philippines joins Yujeong Son in the top 50 with a two-ranking rise to 50th.

Biggest ranking improvement

Ramya Meenakshisundaram of the United States is the most improved player of the week. She advances 504 rankings to world number 821.

The Men

Performances of the week

Hathcoat storms to Saguaro win

Blake Hathcoat of the United States jumps 204 places to 804th on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM after storming to victory in the Saguaro Amateur at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Arizona. The Fresno, California resident began the final round four shots off the lead, but birdied his final six holes to record a 65 and find himself in a two-man playoff for the title. He went up against Drew McCullough, who thought he’d done enough to win with a tournament record low round of 63. Hathcoat took the title at the second extra hole. McCullough’s consolation is a move of 38 rankings to 217thon the WAGR table.

Buckley breaks into top 100 with New Year’s repeat

Hayden Buckley thought his chances of successfully defending his New Year’s Invitational title at St Petersburg Country Club in Florida were virtually nil when he began the final round four shots off the lead. However, the University of Missouri player found himself in a playoff with Greyson Porter of Florida State University after a closing 68. Both finish on 286, two under. Buckley won with a birdie at the first extra hole. He breaks into the top 100 with a jump of 36 rankings to 82nd. Porter climbs 147 places to 621st.

Top 20 movers

Australia’s Min Woo Lee moves back into the top 20 with five-ranking rise to 19th.

Top 50 movers

Sami Valimaki of Finland is the only new top 50 player by edging up one ranking to 50th.

Biggest ranking improvement

New Zealander Tommy Liu takes that honour by soaring 1,448 rankings to world number 4,027.

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