The Men

Performances of the week

Kanaya sprints to professional success

 

Takumi Kanaya didn’t take long to make his mark in professional golf. The Japanese player graduated seamlessly from winning the Mark H McCormack Medal as the leading amateur on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® for 2020 to winning the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour in just his third start as a professional.

 

It isn’t the first time Kanaya has won a professional tournament. He did so while still an amateur, overcoming the professionals to win the 2019 Taiheiyo Masters.

 

Kanaya, winner of the 2018 Asia Pacific Amateur Championship, became the world’s top amateur in 2019 and held that ranking for 55 weeks. He became only the second Japanese player since Hideki Matsuyama to become world number one. However, Matsuyama never won the McCormack Medal.

 

Kanaya’s Dunlop Phoenix triumph moves him from 197th to 126th on the Official World Golf Ranking.

 

Nakajima makes it double Japanese joy

 

Keita Nakajima makes it double joy for Japanese golf by moving to the top of the WAGR® table, the third Japanese player to hold the distinction after Matsuyama and Kanaya. Nakajima finished eighth behind Kanaya in the Dunlop Phoenix, and moves two places to replace Taipei’s Chun An Yu at the top of the world order. Yu drops to world number two.

 

Duminy prevails to win Bobby Locke

 

South Africa’s Jordan Duminy makes a 20-ranking rise to 271st after winning the Bobby Locke Invitational. The resident of Mossel Bay, home town of 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, defeated compatriot Slade Pickering after they finished tied on 208 totals at Parkview Golf Club. Pickering climbs 156 spots to 1,023rd.

 

Top 20 movers

 

China’s Yuxin Lin moves two places to take over the 20th ranking.

 

Top 50 movers

 

England’s Joseph Pagdin and Nathan Barbieri of Australia move two places to 49th and 50th respectively.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Mexico’s Alejandro Fierro Saul jumps 1,331 positions to 1,353rd after fifth in the Howey in the Hills Classic in U.S college golf.

The Women

Performances of the week

Moyana Reigosa earns third 2020 win

 

Spain’s Clara Moyano Reigosa notched up her third success of 2020 when she won the GCAA Amateur Series – Texas. The Madrid native, a student at Mississippi State university, added the victory to consecutive wins in August in the Mississippi State Amateur and GCAA Amateur Series – Mississippi. She climbs 80 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking® to 558th, her best position.

 

Floyd makes it two from four

 

South Africa’s Kiera Floyd won her second tournament in four starts when she ran out a one-shot winner of the Mpumalanga Open & Junior Championship. Floyd returned scores of 65 and 66 at Highland Gate Golf Club to add to her victory in the North West & Junior Championship in February. She moves 27 places to 469th.

 

Huang continues winning ways

 

Ting-Hsuan Huang of Taipei just can’t stop winning. Rounds of 75, 69, 70 and 70 at Suncity Golf Club in her homeland gave her a 284 total and a 13-shot victory in the National Senior High Championship. It was her second straight win, her third in four starts and her fifth in 14 events this year. She moves eight places to 315th, two spots from her highest position on the WAGR® table.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Taipei’s Hsin-Yu Lu advances 17 places to 48th thanks to third place in the 2020 Party Golfers Ladies Open, a professional tournament. There are no new top 20 players this week.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Shiho Kuwaki of Japan takes that honour after making the cut in a professional tournament in her homeland, the 29th DAIO PAPER elleair Ladies Open. She finished 50th and climbs 909 rankings to a career best 1,452nd.

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