The Men

Performance of the week

McMahon lays down Walker Cup marker

 

Joshua McMahon turned up for the Lytham Trophy ranked 384th on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM, too low to be considered for the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup squad. He’s now in the selectors’ minds after winning the tournament.

 

McMahon returned scores of 71, 73, 73 and 71 for an 8-over 288 to win by a shot over Austria’s Gerold Folk, and English players Jack Brooks and Harry Goddard. He can emulate Danny Willett in 2007 by playing his way into the eventual 10-man team to face the United States at Royal Liverpool September 7-8. Willett was not in the original squad, but made the team after winning the South of England Amateur and English Amateur Championships.

 

McMahon jumps 177 places to 207th. Folk strengthens his status as Austria’s third ranked player by moving 43 positions to 68th. Goddard rises 108 spots to 263rd, while Brooks joins the WAGR table at 4,315th.

 

Bregoli wins Italian Match Play

 

Riccardo Bregoli climbs 187 places to 301st after defeating Edoardo Giletta 4&3 in the Italian Amateur Match Play final at Castelconturbia Golf Club. Giletta’s reward is a move of 352 positions to 1,771st.

 

Top 20 movers

 

American Alex Smalley is the only new top 20 player after a one-ranking rise to 20th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Sweden’s David Nyfjall and Brandon Mancheno of the United States step into the top 50. Nyfjall makes a three-ranking rise to 48th, while Mancheno is 13 places better off in 49th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

China’s Rufan Yen takes the plaudits as the week’s most improved player by soaring 1,297 places to 4,386th after winning the Super Lychee Amateur Golf Future Tour 1 in his homeland.

 

The Women

Performances of the week

Humphreys joins top 40 with Welsh win

 

England’s Lily May Humphreys joins the world top 40 after winning the Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship at Royal St David’s Golf Club in Harlech. The 17-year-old compiled a 10-under 209 after rounds of 70, 70 and 69 over the par-73 layout. She defeated English international team mate Isobel Wardle by four shots. Ireland’s Paul Grant was third on 4-under. Humphreys adds the title to the Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open she won last year, and the English Women’s Amateur she won in 2017. The Essex native also won the 2017 Junior Orange Bowl. 

 

Humphreys advances 16 places to 39th, while Wardle is 17 spots better off in 35th. Grant makes a nine-ranking move to 86th.

 

Bossi outlasts Don in Italian Match Play

 

Virginia Bossi climbs 63 rankings to 129th after outlasting Catrina Don to win the Italian Ladies Match Play Championship. Bossi took the title at the 19th hole despite Don’s superior WAGR ranking. Don, Italy’s number two behind 12th ranked Alessia Nobilio, started the week 32nd on the WAGR table and moves to 30th this week.

 

Top 50 movers

 

 

Humphreys and Wardle are the only two new top 50 movers in a week where there are no new top 20 entrants.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Step forward South Africa’s Megan Streicher after a third-place finish in the Sanlam South African Stroke Play and Match Play Championship. She advances 1,057 rankings to world number 572.
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