The Men

Performances of the week

McAllister breaks into top 20 with Carmel Cup win

Victory in the Carmel Cup at Pebble Beach Golf Links sees Logan McAllister of the United States enter the World Amateur Golf Ranking® top 20 for the first time. The University of Oklahoma student beat fellow American Trent Phillips of the University of Georgia in a playoff after they had tied on 10-under 206. Both players break into the world top 20 for the first time.  McAllister is nine spots higher in 20th, while Phillips makes an five-ranking move to 18th.


James wins for fourth time


Benjamin James notched his fourth win of the year, and second consecutive, when he won the Junior PLAYERS Championship. The Connecticut native returned scores of 69, 71 and 68 around the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass for an 8-under 208 total and two-shot victory. James, who warmed up for the tournament by winning the New England Junior Amateur Invitational, climbs 60 rankings to 264th.


Burke backs up 56


Ernst Christiaan Burke of South Africa proved the 56 he returned earlier this year was no flash in the pan by winning the Mpumalanga Open by 17 strokes at Witbank Golf Club. Burke, who posted a 16-under 56 at Potchefstroom Country Club in a medal round in July, won the Mpumalanga with scores of 66, 63, 66 and 65 for a 260 aggregate. He reaches a personal best ranking of 271st with a 54-place rise.


Top 20 movers


McAllister and Trent Phillips are the only two new top 20 players.


Top 50 movers


American Andrew Kozan and Laird Shepherd of England move into the 49th and 50th positions on the WAGR table. Kozan is three spots better off while Shepherd, who won this year’s Amateur Championship at Nairn, makes a one-place improvement.


Biggest ranking improvement


Denmark’s Emil Elkaer Petersen jumps 1,984 positions to a career-high of 1,424th by winning the Dragor Pokalen tournament in his homeland. Rounds of 74, 71 and 70 at Dragor GolfKlub gave him a 215 total and a one-shot victory.

The Women

Performances of the week

Den Dunnen breaks into top 100


Anne-Sterre Den Dunnen of The Netherlands becomes a World Amateur Golf Ranking® top 100 player for the first time after victory in the Internazionali d'Italia Femminili U18. Den Dunnen ran out a one-shot winner at Villa Condulmer Golf Club thanks to 271 total. The Dutch Player sandwiched a pair of 65s between an opening 70 and a closing 71 to add the Italian title to the Dutch Amateur Championship she won three weeks ago. She also holds the Dutch National U18 Stroke Play title, and finished runner up in the Dutch National Stroke Play Championship. No wonder she makes a 15-ranking rise to 98th to strengthen her status as the number one amateur in Dutch women’s golf.


Liu earns first AJGA win


Michelle Liu was the only player in the Mariah Stackhouse Girls Invitational field to break 70 in all three rounds over Stanford Golf Course to win her first American Junior Golf Association victory, and her third title of 2021. The Vancouver resident returned an 11-under 202 thanks to rounds of 66, 67 and 69 to take the title by two shots. She climbs 69 places to 371st.


Chen blossoms in the Fall


Victory in the National Fall Tournament  in her homeland sees Taipei’s Yi-Ju Chen jump 118 places to 664th. Chen won by two shots with a 289 total after scoring 71, 73, 72 and 73 at Taifong Golf Club.


Biggest ranking improvement


Hikaru Daigo of Japan takes the plaudits for most improved player with no new top 20 or 50 entries this week. She reaches a career-high ranking of 1,080th, a jump of 916 positions, after a 44th place finish among the professionals in the GOLF5 Ladies tournament on the Japan LPGA Tour.

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