Performance of the week
Kanaya soars to career high with Asia-Pacific win
Takumi Kanaya becomes the world’s seventh best player, his highest position on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM, after winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore. The 20-year-old Japanese player returned a final round 65, 5-under, to win. His 13-under 267 total gave him a two-shot victory over India’s Rayhan Thomas. Kanaya betters his previous best ranking of 21st by climbing 15 places. He also earns an invitation to next year’s Masters and the Open Championship. Thomas moves 40 spots to 30th.
Lumsden tames U.S. Open course
Scotland’s Ryan Lumsden jumps 21 positions to 46th with victory in the Marquette Intercollegiate at U.S. Open venue Erin Hills. The Northwestern University student returned scores of 73, 68 and 67 for a 208 total. He ran out a one-shot winner over Spain’s Alex del Ray Gonzalez, who’s 14 rankings better off at 50th.
Eaton escapes pack to win
Chandler Eaton makes a 45-ranking rise to 68th by winning the Nike Collegiate Invite. Eaton, who attends Duke University, was one of eight players tied for the lead after two rounds. He broke free of the pack with a second successive 3-under 67 to return a 6-under 204 aggregate to win by a shot over Bryson Nimmer, who moves eight positions to 36th.
Top 20 movers
Reigning Boys Amateur Champion Conor Gough joins Kanaya in the top 20 by rising one place to 20th.
Top 50 movers
Thailand’s Tanapat Pichaikool moves nine places to 49th to join Thomas, Lumsden and Del Rey Gonzalez in the top 50.
Performances of the week
Louis goes low to lift Rothschild Trophy
Belgium’s Clarisse Louis achieves her highest status on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM by winning the Internationaux de France. Louis opened with a 76, but built her victory around a second round 67, the tournament’s low round. Further scores of 70 and 73 gave her a two-shot victory and the prestigious Trophée Cecile de Rothschild. Louis climbs six places to 61st this week.
Bettel doubles up in Bettie Lou Evans
Austria’s Leonie Bettel earned her second straight collegiate title when she added the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational to the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate she won two weeks ago. The University of Kentucky student ran out a two-shot winner after scores of 71, 66 and 68 gave her an 11-under 205 total. Bettel also achieves her highest WAGR status with a jump of 42 places to 131st.
Gabriela Ruffels jumps 113 spots to 208th with victory in the Windy City Collegiate Championship. The Australian, a student at Southern California University, won by two shots with scores of 69, 66 and 71 for a 10-under 206 total. She also claims her highest WAGR position.
Top 50 movers
Worapitcha Anudit of Thailand is the only player to break into this week’s top 50 with a 44-ranking jump to 49th. There are no new top 20 players.
Biggest ranking improvement
Beah Cruz of the United States makes the biggest move of the week with a jump of 655 rankings to world number 1,474 following a ninth-place finish in the Ron Moore Intercollegiate. It was Cruz’s second successive top 10 following sixth in the Rose City Collegiate.