The Men

Performance of the week

Amateur quartet shine in U.S. Open

 

Viktor Hovland, Brendan Wu, Chandler Eaton and Michael Thorbjornsen proved once again that there’s a fine line between the world’s top professionals and the leading World Amateur Golf RankingTM players by making the cut in the U.S. Open. World number one Hovland finished 12th and set a new amateur scoring record with a 4-under 280, bettering Jack Nicklaus’s 1960 record by two shots. Wu placed 35th, Eaton 58th and Thorbjornsen 79th. Wu makes a six-ranking move to sixth. Eaton is 24 places better off in 58th, while Thorbjornsen is nine spots higher in 45th.

 

Smalley joins top 15 with Sunnehanna defence

 

American Alex Smalley rises 11 places to 12th courtesy of his second consecutive victory in the Sunnehanna Amateur. A pair of closing 66s gave Smalley a 10-under 270 aggregate and a five-shot win. The Duke student is the fifth player, and first since Rickie Fowler in 2008, to successfully defend the title.

 

Ogletree closes in on top 100 with Monroe win

 

Andy Ogletree of the United States jumps 35 spots to 109th after a two-shot victory in the Monroe Invitational. The Georgia Tech Student returned scores of 69, 71, 69, and 70 for a 1-under 279.

 

Top 20 movers

 

South Africa’s Jovan Rebula joins Smalley in the top 20. The 2018 Amateur champion rises five places to 20th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Three players join Thorbjornsen in the top 50. Canada’s Joey Savoie makes a four-ranking rise to 47th. American Thomas Walsh advances five spots to 48th. Ludvig Aberg of Sweden completes the quartet with a two-ranking rise to 50th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

France’s Sam Dumez takes that award. He soars 1,816 rankings to 3,699th after third place in the Championnat de France.

The Women

Performances of the week

 

Lee regains number one spot but can’t spoil Toy’s story

 

Andrea Lee regains the number one spot on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM but England’s Emily Toy is the headline act this week. U.S. player Lee swaps places with Frida Kinhult, relegating the Swede to number two. However, Toy makes arguably the most impressive move after winning the Women’s Amateur Championship at Royal County Down. The 21-year-old defeated New Zealand’s Amelia Garvey by one hole despite starting the championship as the world’s 450th ranked player. Toy earns invites into the AIG Women’s British Open, Evian Championship, the 2019 Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship and 2019 U.S. Women’s Open. She also soars 275 places to 175th. Garvey is 134 places better off at 66th.

 

Pano joins top 50 with Rolex win

 

Alex Pano of the United States moves into the top 50 after a four-shot victory in the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. She posted a 14-under-par 274 after rounds of 70, 67, 67 and 70 at the Golf Club at Briar’s Creek near Charleston, South Carolina. She climbs 13 places to 41st.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Sweden’s Linn Grant and American Kaitlyn Papp join the top 20. Grant advances 13 positions to 12th after reaching the semi-finals of the Womens Amateur Championship. Papp moves five spots to 19th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Beatrice Wallin of Sweden and Italy’s Clara Manzalini join Pano in the top 50. Wallin makes an 18-ranking move to 45th following a quarterfinal appearance in the Womens Amateur, while Manzalini climbs 6 places to 50th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

American Georgia Ruffolo takes that honour after reaching the semi-finals of the Florida Women's Amateur Championship. She jumps 1,122 rankings to 1,279th.

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