Performance of the week
Regal performance takes Thomas back into top 20
India’s Rayhan Thomas breaks back into the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 20 after upsetting a professional field in the King Hamad Trophy in Bahrain. Dubai-based Thomas won by five shots with scores of 66, 65 and 68 for a 17-under 199 total. It’s the 19-year-old’s second win in a professional event following victory in the 2016 Dubai Creek Open at age 16. Thomas, who has committed to college golf at Oklahoma State next September, makes a 14-ranking rise to 20th. He has been as high as 13th.
Simpson wins Bobby Locke Open
South Africa’s Samuel Simpson climbs 187 places to 533rd, his highest WAGR position, following a playoff victory in the Bobby Locke Open at Parkview Golf Club in Johannesburg. Simpson defeated compatriot Jayden Schaper at the third extra hole after the pair tied on 8-under-par 208. Schaper is 43 places better off this week at world number 400.
Premlall prevails in Central Gauteng Open
Yurav Premlall also reaches his highest WAGR position with his second victory in his last three events. The South African added the Central Gauteng Open Stroke Play to the Silver Salver he won recently. His two-shot victory helps him advance 209 places to 1,171st.
Top 20 movers
Thomas is the only player to break into the top 20 following his King Hamad Trophy victory.
Top 50 movers
Two players join the top 50 with two-ranking rises. John Pak of the United States moves to 49th, while Frenchman Frederic Lacroix becomes the world’s 50th best player.
Biggest ranking improvement
South Africa’s Dino Capazario is the most improved player after finishing 3rd in the Bobby Locke Open. He jumps 1,804 positions to his best WAGR placing of 3,266th.
Performances of the week
Yang on high after Classic win
Manlixiang Yang of China is this week’s headline grabber after a slow week in women’s amateur golf with just six events counting towards points on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM. Yang reaches a career high of 1,580th by moving 844 places after winning the China Amateur Classic. Yang returned scores of 76 and 80 to qualify for the match play rounds, and then defeated countrywomen Jiabao Song in the final. Song was previously unranked, but takes her place on the WAGR table at 2,217th after her runner-up finish.
Jung continues fine form in Auckland Matchplay
Miree Jung is 109 rankings better off this week after winning the Auckland Women's Matchplay Championship at Pakuranga Golf Club. Jung rises to 732nd after defeating Fiona Xu, who enters the WAGR table at world number 2,419. The victory is Jung’s second of 2018, and caps a tremendous year in which she has another seven top five finishes. Included in that run is second in the New Zealand Women’s Stroke Play Championship, one of three runner-up spots she’s posted this year.
Laklalech joins WAGR table in style
Ines Laklalech earns her first WAGR placing in style with victory in the Junior Arab Ladies Championship. Scores of 67, 70 and 69 gave the Moroccan a 206-winning total. It also gives her a WAGR status of 2,509th.
Biggest rankings improvement
There are no new top 20 or top 50 entrants his week, while Yang’s China Amateur Classic victory makes her the week’s biggest riser.