The Men

Performance of the week

Rebula joins top 50 with Freddie Tait win

 

Amateur champion Jovan Rebula joins the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 50 after an impressive performance in the South African Open. The 21 year old, who won this year’s Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen, finished on 6 under par in joint 24th place to finish low amateur and win the Freddie Tait Trophy. The tournament was special for one other reason: the George native played the third round with Ernie Els, his uncle. Els is a previous Freddie Tait winner.

 

Rebula makes a 16-ranking rise to 47th to better his previous best ranking by three spots.

 

Pastor Ruffian enters top 30 after Copa win

 

Victor Pastor Ruffian moved into another gear in the final 36 holes of the Copa Baleares tournament at Pula Golf Club on the Island of Mallorca. After rounds of 74 and 69, the Spaniard scored 66 and 68 for a 277 total and a 10-shot victory. He attains his highest world status with a 23-ranking leap to 29th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

India’s Rayhan Thomas and England’s Conor Gough join the top 20 with two-ranking rises. Thomas, already a winner of a professional tournament, moves to 19th, while Boys Amateur champion Gough takes his place just behind him at 20th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Two players join Rebula and Pastor Ruffian in the top 50. Japan’s Keita Nakajima moves two spots to 49th, while Ireland’s Caolan Rafferty, leading qualifier in the 2017 Amateur Championship, is three places better off in 50th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Spain’s Luis Masaveu Roncal makes the week’s biggest move after placing 22nd in the Copa Baleares. He jumps 1,228 rankings to reach his highest WAGR status of 4,201st

The Women

Performances of the week

 

Spain’s Patricia Garre Munoz celebrates her highest position on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM thanks to victory in the inaugural "Memorial Celia Barquin" Copa Principado de Asturias at Royal Golf Club La Barganiza.

 

The tournament was held in honour of the late Celia Barquin, who was tragically murdered this year in the United States. Garre Munoz compiled rounds of 75, 68 and 76 to return a 219 aggregate. She won by a stroke over Marina Escobar Domingo.

 

Garre Munoz jumps 137 places to 373rd, her highest WAGR status. Escobar Domingo also attains her best ranking with an 8-ranking move to 122nd.

 

Six of the best for Wang

 

Chinese amateur Jiayi Wang notched her sixth victory of the year by taking the individual title in the HSBC China Junior Team Championship. Wang ran out a four-shot winner after scores of 68, 71 and 65 gave her a 204 total. She climbs 11 places to 191st this week.

 

 

Top 20 movers

 

Yealimi Noh of the United States moves back into the top 20 with a one-ranking rise to 20th, one position off her highest WAGR status.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Robyn Choi is the only new top 50 player this week. She makes a one ranking rise to 50th to strengthens her status as Australia’s top ranked amateur. She is 30 places above second ranked Julienne Soo.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Malaysia’s Mirabel Ting Ern Hui takes that award this week with a move of 529 positions to 896th thanks to victory in the AmBank SportExcel International Junior Championship. It is her second consecutive win following last week’s Sarawek Chief Minister Cup.  

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