The Men

Performance of the week

Bhatia times it right with Rolex win


Akshay Bhatia’s win in the Rolex Tournament of Champions couldn’t have come at a better time for the American junior. The victory probably ensures Bhatia will end 2018 inside the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 20.


Bhatia took the title by five shots over Canon Claycomb after returning scores of 68, 66, 68 and 68 for a 16-under 270 total over the Champion and Fazio Courses at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.


It is Bhatia’s fourth win of the season along with four seconds. No wonder he was named Rolex Junior Player of the Year before the tournament started.


The Wake Forest, North Carolina native jumps 10 places this week to 18th, his highest WAGR status, as a result of the victory. Claycomb improves 22 places to 76th.



Gurtner reaches career high with Gobbler win


Daniel Gurtner of Guatemala achieves a personal best on the WAGR table courtesy of victory in the Gobbler Amateur at Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona. Rounds of 69, 65 and 70 gave Gurtner a 204 total and a one-shot victory over Canada’s Matthew Anderson.


Gurtner, already the world’s number one Guatemalan, climbs 87 places to 492nd to reach his highest WAGR position. Anderson is 187 spots better off at 1,006th.


Top 20 movers


Bhatia is the only new top 20 player this week.


Top 50 movers


Austin Eckroat of the United States is the only player to break inside the top 50. He makes a four-ranking rise to 49th.


Biggest ranking improvement


American Nicholas Dunlap makes the week’s biggest jump, moving 1,519 positions to world number 4,211.

The Women

Performances of the week


Sambach soars with Rolex win


Amanda Sambach of the United States jumps 906 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM by winning the Rolex Tournament of Champions at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. After posting scores of 73, 72 and 70, a final round 2-under-par 70 gave Sambach a 3-under-par 285, good enough to come from behind Yuka Saso of the Philippines to win by a shot. Sambach is now ranked 441st, her highest position on the WAGR table. Saso is one spot better off at 36th.


Zhang ekes out Hainan Open win


China’s Yue Zhang makes a 15-ranking rise to 624th by winning the Hainan Open International Amateur Championship at Ancient Saltern Golf Club in her homeland. Zhang edged out Hsin Chiao Chang of Chinese Taipei by a shot. Zhang’s 203 total was comprised of rounds of 69, 64 and 70. Chang is six places better off this week in 492nd place.


Top 20 movers


Korea’s Yujeong Son is the sole player to break into the top 20. She rises three places to 18th.


Top 50 movers


Three players make identical three-ranking rises into the top 50. American Haylee Harford moves to 48th, Marta Perez Sanmartin of Spain rises to 49th, while England’s Annabell Fuller assumes the 50th ranking.


Biggest ranking improvement


Sambach’s Rolex Tournament of Champions victory makes her the week’s most improved player ahead of Mexico’s Lauren Daiana Olivares Leon, who made a 554-ranking rise to 2,254th.

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