The Men

Performances of the week

Lai and Paysse upset form book to share Georgia Collegiate

 

Not many would have bet on Americans Eddy Lai and William Paysse contending for the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate tournament let alone winning it. They did exactly that to rocket up this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM. UCLA student Lai arrived at Alpharetta, Georgia ranked world number 523rd, with Texas A&M’s Paysse much lower on the WAGR table at a then career high of 4,849th. Yet among an A-list cast of players they ended up sharing the title. They were declared joint winners with matching 7-under 209s. Both attain their highest positions on the WAGR table. Lai jumps 122 spots to 401st, while Paysse soars 1,614 positions to 3,235th.

 

Leach finds straight and narrow at Crooked Stick

 

Tyler Leach of the United States climbs 313 places to 566th, his highest WAGR status, after taming 1991 PGA Championship venue Crooked Stick to win the Crooked Stick Invitational. The Marquette University student opened with consecutive 68s to take the 36-hole lead. He managed to hang on in a final round affected by gusting winds to shoot 74. His 6-under 210 tally helped him to a one-shot victory.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Ireland’s Roland Mullarney is the only player to enter the top 50 in a week when there are no new top 20 entries. The reigning Irish Amateur Close champion rises five places to 49th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

William Paysse’s 1,614-ranking jump to 3,235th after sharing victory with fellow American Eddy Lai in the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate makes him the week’s most improved player.

The Women

Performances of the week

Thitikul regains top spot

 

Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul swaps places with Andrea Lee of the United States to regain the World Amateur Golf RankingTM number one spot. It’s the second time the two-time World Junior Girls champion (2018 and 2019) and 2018 Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific champion has occupied the top place, the only Thai player to achieve that honour. Lee falls back to world number two.

 

Lindblad edges closer to top 10 with Magnolia win

 

Sweden’s Ingrid Lindblad moves closer to the top 10 after victory in the Magnolia Invitational, her first college win. The first year Louisiana State University student returned scores of 71, 67 and 68 for a 10-under 206 total. It gave her a two-shot victory and helps her make a one-ranking rise to 12th, eight places behind Swedish number one Frida Kinhult.

 

Tadokoro progresses nicely to win Cardinal Cup

 

Sera Tadokoro of Japan jumps 134 positions to 404th after winning the Cardinal Cup. The University of Kansas student improved each round to take the title. She opened with a 1-under 71, added a 69 and then closed with a 68 to run out a two-shot winner on 208, 8-under.

 

Lorup rides 65 to Palmetto victory

 

Denmark’s Nicole Lorup is 136 rankings better off this week at 645th after taking the Palmetto Intercollegiate. The Troy University student sandwiched a 7-under-par 65 between rounds of 72 and 70 to post a 9-under-207 total. It was good enough for a three-shot win.

 

Top 50 movers

 

U.S. player Stephanie Lau is the only new top 50 entry. She advances five positions to 49th. There are no new top 20 players.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

England’s Esme Hamilton, who attends the University of Chattanooga, moves 782 places to 1,429th after placing 16th in the Cardinal Cup.

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