Performances of the week
Yu becomes number one
Chun An Yu of Taipei replaces American Davis Thompson as the number one player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® by improving two positions. Yu has had a string of top 10s since winning last year’s ASU Thunderbird Invitational, including fifth place among the professionals in the Emirates Australian Open. Thompson drops to world number two.
Masterful amateur showings
Andy Ogletree, John Augenstein and Keita Nakajima exemplified the thin line between the best amateurs and elite professionals with brilliant performances in different parts of the world. Reigning U.S. Amateur champion Ogletree outlasted Augenstein, the man he beat in the 2019 U.S. Amateur final, to finish low amateur in the Masters. Ogletree placed 34th with a 2-under 286 total. Augenstein was five shots behind in 55th. Ogletree jumps two spots to a career high fourth, while Augenstein remains in 12th position.
Nakajima gave the professionals a run in the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters 2020 on the Japan Golf Tour. He was third and climbs 12 spots to become world number three.
Jerry Pate joy for Suber and Clegg
Americans Jackson Suber and Ford Clegg shared the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate after tying on 12-under 198 totals at Old Overton Club in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Ole Miss player Suber advances 71 positions to 89th, while Clegg is 116 places better off in 199th.
Top 20 movers
Ludvig Aberg of Sweden makes a one-ranking rise to 20th.
Top 50 movers
England’s Joe Long, winner of this year’s Amateur Championship, improves three places to 48th. Korea’s Sam Choi climbs four spots to 49th.
Biggest ranking rise
American Michael Shears jumps 1,017 positions to 5,235th after 34th place in the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.
Performances of the week
Zhang spearheads amateurs in U.S. Women’s Open
World number one Rose Zhang will lead the amateur challenge at the U.S. Women’s Open. A total of 24 amateurs take their places in the 156-player field at the Champions Club in Houston, Texas, December 10-13, including another seven members of the World Amateur Golf Ranking® top 10.
Ofstedahl wins third college title
England’s Ella Ofstedahl won for the third time in college golf with a one-shot victory in the Mercer Invitational. The Georgia Southern student was the only player to break par at Brickyard Golf Club in Macon, Georgia. Rounds of 73, 72 and 70 gave her a 1-under 215 total. The Woburn Golf Club member climbs 125 places to a personal best of 506th on the WAGR® table.
Vongtaveelap reaches peak with sixth win
Natthakritta Vongtaveelap of Thailand attains her highest position on the WAGR® table by winning the TGA-SINGHA Junior Ranking #5. She jumps 18 rankings to 459th after her sixth 2020 victory, and fourth in seven events.
Anderson hangs on to win PKBGT Invitational
Adrian Anderson did enough over the opening two rounds of the PKBGT Invitational at Bermuda Run Country Club in North Carolina that she could afford a closing 76. The South Carolina resident opened with rounds of 68 and 70 to get to 6 under par. Her 4-over closing score gave her a 2-under 214 tally and a one-shot win. Anderson reaches a career high 1,031st with a jump of 629 rankings.
Biggest ranking improvement
Japan’s Yumeno Masada takes that honour in a week with no new top 20 or 50 movers. She climbs 977 positions to 1,060th after placing 45th among the professionals in the Itoen Ladies Golf Tournament in her homeland.