The Men

Performances of the week

Murphy reaches new heights with Georgia gain

 

Ireland’s John Murphy breaks into the World Amateur Golf Ranking® top 100 for the first time after winning the GCAA Amateur Series – Georgia. The University of Louisville player made six birdies in a closing 5-under-par 67 at Rivermont Golf Club in Johns Creek, Georgia to return a 12-under 204 aggregate and tie Canadian Noah Norton at the top of the leaderboard. Murphy birdied the first extra hole to earn his third win in college golf.

 

Murphy, the 2018 St Andrews Links Trophy winner, is 14 places better off in 96th.  Norton advances five places to 5,400th.

 

Tilly takes California State Fair Amateur

 

Finigan Tilly reaches his highest WAGR® position after a one-shot victory in the California State Fair Amateur. The San Carlos, California resident sandwiched a 68 between a pair of 67s for a 202 tally. He climbs 96 positions to 498th.

 

Anderson calls tune in Windsong

 

American Sam Anderson also reaches his best position on the WAGR® table after emerging victorious in a three-man playoff for the Windsong Invite. Anderson overcame countryman Connor Glynn and England’s Angus Flanagan after the trio tied on 173 when the event was shortened to 45 holes. Anderson leaps 150 places to 786th. Glynn rises 178 spots to 1,096th, while Flanagan remains the world’s 50th best player.

 

Top 50 movers

 

There are no new top 20 players, while Sweden’s Pontus Nyholm breaks into the top 50 for the first time with a three-ranking move to 48th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Zijie Huang of China jumps 949 positions to 5,274th after finishing second to countryman Jun Jie Pan in the National Amateur Tour Leg 2 in their homeland. Pan improves 316 places to 2,935th.

The Women

Performances of the week

Zhang becomes world number one

 

Rose Zhang is the new World Amateur Golf Ranking® number one after an outstanding performance in the ANA Inspiration. The 17-year-old American proved yet again there’s a fine line between elite amateurs and top women professionals when she finished equal 11th. Gabriela Ruffels challenged Zhang for low amateur honours. The Australian finished a shot behind Zhang in joint 15th.

 

Zhang, the reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, returned rounds of 71, 69, 68 and 72 for an 8-under 280. She jumps four places to replace Taipei’s Yu-Chiang Hou as world number one. Hou slips one place to second. Ruffels makes a four-ranking improvement to ninth.

 

China’s Lei Ye, American Emilia Migliaccio and Olivia Mehaffey of Northern Ireland also made the cut, finishing T40, 72nd and T74 respectively. Ye climbs 12 spots to 19th. Migliaccio is the world’s fifth best player, while Mehaffey advances three positions to 15th.

 

Chaucheprat motors to third Grand Prix win

 

Yvie Chaucheprat of France jumps 30 places to 218th after winning the Grand Prix De Joyenval, her third victory in her last four tournaments. Chaucheprat won in a playoff after she and compatriot Charlotte Bunel tied on 211. Bunel improves 56 spots to 671st.

Kou wins fourth AJGA Invitational win

 

China’s Xin (Cindy) Kou earned her fourth AJGA Invitational win with victory in the AJGA Girls Invitational at Stanford. Kou climbs 269 rankings to 172nd.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Lei Ye is the only new top 20 entry.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Frances’ Agathe Laisne makes a five-ranking improvement to 47th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Ng Jing Xuen of Malaysia advances 980 positions to a career best 909th by winning the 3rd Leg SportExcel-Milo-NSC Malaysian Junior Premier Elite Golf Circuit 2020.

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