The Men

Performances of the week

Kanaya follows Matsuyama to world number one

 

Takumi Kanaya becomes only the second Japanese player after Hideki Matsuyama to reach the number one spot on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM. Kanaya swaps positions this week with 2019 Mark H McCormack Medal winner Cole Hammer, moving from world number two to the top of the WAGR table. Kanaya is the reigning Asia Pacific Amateur champion, one of three wins he had last year.

 

Matsuyama topped the WAGR table in April 2013. Kanaya will hope his career matches his countryman’s. Matsuyama reached second on the Official World Golf Ranking in 2017. He is now the world’s 26th best male professional.

 

Bolton enters top 100 with Scottish Open win

 

Jake Bolton is now the 100th ranked player courtesy of winning the Scottish Men's Open Championship at the Duke’s Course in St Andrews. He birdied two of the final three holes to return a closing 64 to go with earlier rounds of 64, 68 and 76 for a 12-under 272 aggregate. It was good enough for a one-shot victory over fellow Englishman Sam Bairstow. Bolton jumps 38 places this week, while Bairstow is 82 positions better off in 278th.

 

 

De Bruyn joins top 70 with German national win

 

 

Jannik De Bruyn climbs 14 places to 65th after winning his national amateur championship. De Bruyn won the German National Amateur to become Germany’s third highest ranked player after world number 38 Matthias Schmid and 47th ranked Michael Hirmer.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

There are no new top 20 or 50 entries this week, while South Africa’s Nikhil Rama takes the biggest leap up the world order. He soars 2,444 positions to world number 3,431.

The Women

Performances of the week

Earl hangs on to win English Stroke Play

 

Rebecca Earl makes a significant move up this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM after winning the English Women's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Ipswich Golf Club. The member of Bishops Stortford Golf Club in Hertfordshire, England, returned scores of 70, 71, 72 and 73 for a 2-under 286 total. The 19 year old bogeyed the final hole and then had a tense wait to see if she had done enough to win her first international title. She had. She won by a shot over a quartet of players that included English number two Lily May Humphreys.

 

Scotland’s Shannon McWilliam and English players Sharna Dutrieux and Rosie Belsham joined Humphreys in second place.

 

Earl, a student at Wofford College in South Carolina, jumps 191 places to world number 1,918. Humphreys makes a one-ranking move to 31st to draw closer to 19th ranked Alice Hewson in the battle to be English number one. McWilliam joins the top 100 by improving five spots to 99th. Belsham is now ranked 505th from last week’s position of 615th. Dutrieux makes the week’s biggest move with a jump of 743 positions to 840th.

 

Lee hits right notes to win Song Am

 

Korea’s Jeong Hyun Lee climbs 147 places to 772nd by winning the Song Am Cup in her homeland. Rounds of 72, 66, 68 and 71 gave Lee a 277 aggregate and a one-shot advantage over the rest of the field as she notched up her third win of the year.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Sharna Dutrieux takes that honour with her runner-up finish in the English Women's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship. There are no new top 20 or 50 entries.

 

 

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