The Men

Performances of the week

Lee clocks up Rolex title in playoff

 

Eric Lee jumps 2,315 positions on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® to a high of 1,212th after winning the American Junior Golf Association’s Rolex Tournament of Champions at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Lee defeated fellow California native Jackson Koivun after the pair had tied on 8-under 278. Lee, the highest mover on this week’s WAGR table, took the title at the first extra hole to win his first AJGA title. Koivun also reaches a personal best ranking with a move of 357 places to 774th.

 

Chantananuwat impresses the professionals

 

Ratchanon Chantananuwat saved his best for last to impress the Asian Tour’s best professionals. The Thai player began the Blue Canyon Phuket Championship with rounds of 71 and 72 before closing with 68 and 65 to post a 12-under 276 total. It was good enough for a T15 finish to add to a string of good performances in his last five appearances in professional tournaments, a run in which he’s made the cut in each and includes second and fifth place finishes. No surprise that Chantananuwat attains his highest World Amateur Golf Ranking® position with a jump of 44 places to 167th.

 

Fierro basks in Sunshine

 

Alejandro Fierro did enough over the opening two rounds to win the Sunshine State Amateur at El Campeon Golf Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. The native of Merida, Mexico opened with rounds of 69 and 70 to sit on 5-under-par and in pole position. Strong winds for the final round saw him slump to a 77, but his level par 216 was good enough for a two-shot victory. He also attains a WAGR high by climbing 98 spots to 694th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

American Ryggs Johnston returns to the top half century by edging up one place to 50th in a week with no moves into the top 20.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Eric Lee is the week’s most improved player thanks to his AJGA’s Rolex Tournament of Champions win.

The Women

Performances of the week

Ortengren breaks into top 20

 

Meja Ortengren improves her status as Sweden’s third best amateur by breaking into the World Amateur Golf Ranking® top 20 for the first time. She overcame a strong field in the AJGA’s Rolex Tournament of Champions at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to run out a six-shot winner.

 

The Stockholm native took the first-round lead with a 4-under 68, a lead she never relinquished. She added further scores of 70, 67 and 72 for an 11-under-par 277.

 

Ortengren’s third victory of 2021 pushes her seven places up the world order to 20th position. Only world number two Ingrid Lindblad and fifth ranked Beatrice Wallin stand ahead of Ortengren in the Swedish pecking order.

 

Yin strengthens top 10 place

 

China’s Xiaowen Yin strengthens her status as the world’s eighth best player after coming from three shots behind to win the Sunshine State Amateur at El Campeon Golf Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. A closing 73 in windy conditions saw Yin post a 1-over 217 to add the victory to the other eight she’s won over the last two years, including a five-stroke win in the 2020 Zhangjiagang Shuangshan Challenge to become the youngest winner in China LPGA Tour history.

 

Huang laps Future field

 

Ting-Hsuan Huang of Taipei practically lapped the field to win the 2021 Future Challenge #4 at Lily Golf & Country Club in her homeland. She returned rounds of 71, a tournament low 69 and 74 for a 214 aggregate to win by 14 shots. She adds the victory to last week’s National Senior High Championship (U18) win. She moves to a personal best WAGR position for the second straight week, advancing seven places to 143rd.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Ortengren is the only new top 20 entrant. There are no top 50 players.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Mariana Rodriguez Chavez of Colombia climbs 782 positions to world number 820th, a new high, with a four-shot victory in the Torneo Eje Cafetero de Golf in her homeland.

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