The Women

Performances of the week

Yamaguchi upsets form book

Japan’s Suzuka Yamaguchi upset the form book by beating Korea’s A-Wean Cho to win the Australian Amateur Championship at Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Karrinyup, Western Australia. Cho was ranked 41st on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM with Yamaguchi at 252nd. However, the 17-year-old Japanese player won 6&5 to become the first Japanese winner of the Australian Amateur. Compatriot Keita Nakajima made it a Japanese double when he won the men’s title. Yamaguchi advances 91 places to 161st, while Cho makes a four-ranking rise to 37th.

Ye wins Annika Invitational

China’s Lei Ye advances 92 spots to 195th thanks to victory in the ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex. The 16 year old bettered American Lucy Li by two shots to earn her first American Junior Golf Association victory. Ye was the only player to break par over the Slammer & Squire Course at World Golf Village in St Augustine, Florida. She posted a 2-under-par 214 total after rounds of 73, 70 and 71. Li moves into the top 10 with a 10-ranking rise to 10th.

Chaves saves best for last

Paraguay’s Milagros Chaves saved her best golf for the final round to run out a one-shot winner of the Campeonato Sudamericano Amateur, the South American Amateur in Buenos Aires. Chaves returned a closing 69 after scores of 71, 72 and 70 for a 6-under 282 total. She leaps 182 rankings to 405th.

Top 20 movers

American Hannah Kim is the only new top 20 player. She makes a one-ranking rise to 20th. There are no new top 50 players.

Biggest ranking improvement

Peruvian Luisamariana Mesones is the biggest mover, jumping 552 rankings to world number 1,794 after finishing joint 13th in the South American Amateur.

The Men

Performances of the week

Nakajima makes history Down Under

Keita Nakajima jumps 252 rankings on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM after making history in the Australian Amateur Championship. He became the first Japanese winner of Australia’s national amateur when he defeated in form David Micheluzzi 4&3 at Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Karrinyup, Western Australia. Micheluzzi entered the championship ranked 426 places higher than his Japanese opponent after winning the Australian Master of the Amateurs and the Victorian Amateur. However, Nakajima never trailed in the final. His victory also sealed a unique double for Japanese golf. It followed Suzuka Yamaguchi’s victory in the Australian Women's Amateur Championship. Nakajima becomes the world’s 200th best amateur while Micheluzzi enters the top 10 with a 16-ranking rise to 10th. Nakajima becomes the world’s 200th best amateur while Micheluzzi enters the top 10 with a 16-ranking rise to 10th

Crisologo reigns in South America

Chris Crisologo climbs 101 places to 229th after winning the Campeonato Sudamericano Amateur, the South American Amateur Championship, at Martindale Country Club in Buenos Aires. The Canadian ran out a four-shot winner over home favourite Alejandro Tosti after posting scores of 72, 64, 66 and 73 for a 13-under 275 total. Tosti strengthens his status as the world’s eighth best player.

Niemann storms to Latin America Amateur win

Joaquin Niemann proved why he's the number one player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM with an outstanding victory in the Latin America Amateur Championship at the Prince of Wales Country Club in his home town of Santiago, Chile. The home favourite pleased fans with an 8-under-par final round 63 to finish at 11 under, five shots clear of the field. The 18 year old earns a spot in the Masters, as well as an exemption into Final Qualifying for this year's Open Championship at Carnoustie. He also earns spots in the Amateur Championship and U.S. Amateur. Niemann, who finished runner up 12 months ago, is the third Chilean in the last four years to win the Latin America Amateur, joining Toto Gana last year and Matias Dominguez in 2015.

Top 50 movers

There is no movement in this week’s top 20, while Finland’s Sami Valimaki makes a five-ranking move to 47th, and Cooper Dossey of the United States edges up two rankings to 49th.

Biggest ranking improvement

Australian Joshua Greer is the week’s biggest mover with a jump of 2,186 rankings to world number 3,050 after reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Amateur.

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