The Men

Performance of the week

Prestige win takes Hovland to number three

Norway’s Viktor Hovland becomes the third best player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM thanks to victory in the Prestige Presented by Charles Schwab. The Oklahoma State player opened with scores of 68 and 71 before closing with a 5-under 66 around the Greg Norman Course at PGA West in La Quinta, California. His 8-under 205 total gave him a one-shot victory over Stanford University player Brandon Wu. Hovland makes a one ranking rise, while U.S. player Wu is 15 places better off in 21st.

 

Nienaber becomes South African number one

Wilco Nienaber replaces reigning Amateur Champion Jovan Rebula as South Africa’s number one player following victory in the South African Amateur Championship. Nienaber, leading qualifier in last year’s Amateur Championship, defeated compatriot Jordan Duminy by one hole in the 36-hole final. Nienaber jumps 31 positions to 28th to leapfrog 37th ranked Rebula. Duminy soars 623 rankings to 612th.

 

Top 50 movers

There are no new top 20 players this week, while four players join Nienaber in the top 50. Ireland’s Caolan Rafferty is 13 places higher in 38th after reaching the semi-finals of the South African Amateur Championship. Three Americans complete the top 50 entrants. Kevin O’Connell is 59 places better off in 45th, Canon Claycomb makes a 10-ranking rise to 47th, while Ty Strafaci assumes 50th place with a move of 12 spots.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

American Skyler Eubank makes a dramatic entrance onto the WAGR table. He began the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate with no world ranking, and left it ranked 4,400th after winning the tournament. The Boise State student returned scores of 68, 68 and 71 to post a 9-under 207 tally for a two-shot victory.

The Women

Performances of the week

 

Harm improves German number one status

 

Leonie Harm makes a two-ranking rise to 13th on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM to strengthen her status as German number one. The University of Houston player shared victory in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate with American Addie Baggarly of the University of Florida. They were the only two players to match level par for 54 holes at English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans. Baggarly’s consolation is a jump of 108 positions to 301st.

 

Hartlage lands on the Moon

Lauren Hartlage of the United States breaks into the top 50 after winning the Moon Golf Invitational. The University of Louisville student returned scores of 69, 67 and 70 for a 10-under-par 206 aggregate. She ran out a one-shot winner, and makes a 13-ranking rise to 41st.

 

Prior knowledge gives Lizzie victory

England’s Lizzie Prior used local knowledge to win the Rebel Beach Intercollegiate. The UNLV student fired rounds of 68, 73 and 68 around Spanish Trail Country Club, one of UNLV’s home courses, to post a 7-under 209 and win by seven shots. It was Prior’s second straight win following shared victory in the Battle at Boulder Creek.

 

Top 20 movers

Emilia Migliaccio of the United States is the only new top 20 player. She edges up one spot to 20th.

 

Top 50 movers

France’s Pauline Roussin-Bouchard joins Lauren Hartlage in the top 50 after back to back victories in the Grand Prix de ligue PACA Dames and Portuguese Internacional Ladies Amateur Championship. She is 20 places better off in 43rd.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

American Malak Bouraeda takes that honour second place in the Rebel Beach Intercollegiate. The University of Colorado player jumps 641 places to world number 1,731.

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