The Men

Performances of the week

Amateur victory takes Long to new heights


Joe Long celebrates his highest World Amateur Golf Ranking® position after defeating fellow Englishman Joe Harvey 4&3 to win the Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale. Long now looks forward to next year’s Open Championship at Royal St George’s, along with traditional exemptions into the Masters and U.S. Open. The member of Landsdown Golf Club in Bath, jumps 37 places to 65th. Harvey’s consolation is an improvement of 315 positions to 582nd.


Local knowledge helps Smylie win Queensland title


Elvis Smylie used local knowledge to win the Queensland Stroke Play Championship. Smylie shot 66, 68, 63 and 66 around his home course of Southport Golf Club for a 21-under 263 total, nine shots better than Louis Dobbelaar. However, Dobbelaar won the match play title with a 3&1 score over Jack Tanner. Smylie reaches a career high of 212th with a 16-ranking jump. Dobbelaar climbs 59 places to a personal best of 380th. Tanner enters the WAGR® table at 5,271st.


Lin rides 64s to YEANGDER win


Taipei’s Chuan-Tai Lin attains his highest WAGR® status after a pair of 64s guided him to victory in the YEANGDER National Amateur Open. Lin opened and closed with those scores, and added rounds of 70 and 71 for a 269 total and a three-shot win. He is 218 positions better off in 118th.


Top 50 movers


Mark Power is the only new top 50 entry in a week with no new top 20 players. The Irishman climbs 10 places to 43rd, his best ranking, after reaching the Amateur Championship semi-finals.


Biggest ranking improvement


England’s Jack Cope is 1,364 positions higher in 796th. The reigning English Men's Amateur champion lost his opening match in the Amateur Championship but made up for it by winning the Gloucestershire County Championship.

The Women

Performances of the week

Women’s Amateur win takes Krauter into top 40


Aline Krauter completed a good two weeks for German golf when she followed up Sophia Popov’s AIG Women’s Open victory by winning the Women’s Amateur Championship at West Lancashire Golf Club. The 20-year-old defeated England’s Annabell Fuller by one hole. Stanford University student Krauter will take her place alongside Popov in the 2021 AIG Women’s Open. She should also earn invites to the US Women’s Open, the Evian Championship and the Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship.


Krauter climbs 32 rankings to 39th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. Fuller is 11 positions better off in 30th.


Hou makes history as world number one


Yu-Chiang Hou makes history by reaching the top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. She is the first woman from Taipei to reach the number one spot. Hou joins Cheng-tsung Pan as the only Taipei players to hold the position as the world’s best amateurs.  Pan was the number one player in the men’s ranking for eight weeks in 2013.


Hou takes over the top spot with a one-ranking rise after a 10th place finish in the Yichen Future Open, a professional tournament in her homeland. Sweden’s Ingrid Lindblad improves two places to world number two. French player Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, who held the top position until last week, drops down to third.


Laisne pulls away from field in Grand Prix


Agathe Laisne proved why she’s been a top 30 player when she pulled away from the field in the final round of the Grand Prix de Saint Germain. After rounds of 67 and 72, the French international closed with a 66 for a 205 total and a two-shot win. It is Laisne’s second 2020 victory and moves her three places to 51st.


Hwang dominates Maekyung Sollago Cup


Korea’s Youmin Hwang emerged as the dominant player in the 24th Maekyung Sollago Cup Amateur Golf Championship in her homeland. She was the only player to break 200 for the three rounds. Rounds of 65, 67 and 66 gave her an 18-under 198 and a four-shot victory. She jumps 110 spots to 431st.


Top 20 movers


Sweden’s Beatrice Wallin makes a four-ranking move to 18th, while Emma Spitz of Austria edges up one spot to 20th.


Top 50 movers


Krauter is the only new top 50 entry.


Biggest ranking improvement


American Daphne Chao climbs 776 positions to a personal best of 2,133rd by winning the China Amateur Golf Open Leg 2.

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