The Men

 

Victor Dubuisson, France

2009 – World number one for eight weeks

 

Dubuisson made history in 2009 when he became the first French player to top the WAGR® table. The Frenchman was good value for the number one spot thanks to winning the 2009 European Amateur Championship. He was the fourth French player to take the title, but the first to do so at home, lifting the trophy at Golf de Chantilly.

 

Born in Cannes, Dubuisson first came to international attention when he helped Continental Europe win the 2006 Jacques Léglise Trophy. He also played in the Junior Ryder Cup that year, and won the French Amateur.

 

In 2008, he won the Mexican Amateur Championship and represented France in the Eisenhower Trophy.

 

Dubuisson earned a spot in the 2010 Open Championship thanks to his European Amateur victory. He missed the cut at St Andrews and turned professional immediately afterwards, gaining his European Tour card at the 2010 Qualifying School. He settled well on the European Tour, keeping his playing rights at the end of the 2011 season by finishing 106th on the Race to Dubai.

 

He moved up to 52nd the following season before finishing fifth on the 2013 Race to Dubai thanks to his first European Tour victory in the Turkish Airlines Open. Dubuisson also finished fifth amongst Europe's elite the following season. More importantly, he made his Ryder Cup debut.

 

The enigmatic Frenchman helped Europe win the 2014 match at Gleneagles thanks to earning two and a half points out of three matches.

 

Dubuisson won the Turkish Airlines Open again in 2015. He has struggled to attain the heights of that period between 2013-2015 when he reached 15th on the Official World Golf Ranking. He’s currently ranked 342nd.

The Women

 

Frida Kinhult, Sweden

 

2019 – World number one for seven weeks

 

Like all players who turned professional last year, Kinhult has had to put her professional aspirations on hold because of the coronavirus. Pity, because the Swede has a bright future in the professional game, if her amateur career is anything to go by.

 

Kinhult has golf in her DNA. Her father is a teaching professional. Elder brother Marcus plays on the European Tour and earned his first victory last year, the Betfred British Masters. Many believe it won’t be long before Frida earns her first professional victory, too.

 

June 2019 saw Kinhult make Swedish golf history when she became the first Swedish player, male or female, to top the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. The then Florida State player had just finished her first season in college golf at Florida State University, a season that saw here win three times – the 2018 Jim West Challenge, 2019 Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and 2019 Schooner Fall Classic.

 

She ended her first and only season in college golf as the most decorated freshman in the Florida State history. Her honours included 2019 All-American First Team and 2019 National Freshman of the Year as voted by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association; 2019 Golfstat Cup Winner (low stroke average, 70.60, in Division I). Awards in the Atlantic Coast Conference featured 2019 Golfer of the Year, 2019 Freshman of the Year and 2019 All-ACC. Other plaudits came with the ANNIKA Award Fall 2018 Watch List; ANNIKA Award Spring 2019 Watch List; and ANNIKA Award Top-5 Finalist (May 2019).

 

Outside of college golf, Kinhult led Sweden to victory in the 2018 European Ladies Team Championship, where she finished low individual. She won consecutive Spanish Amateur Championships in 2017 and 2018. After winning the former championship, Kinhult accepted an invitation to play in the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open and finished in a tie for seventh place.

 

Kinhult had played just one tournament on this year’s Symetra Tour when the coronavirus halted proceedings. She finished equal 22nd in Florida’s Natural Charity Classic.

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