WEEK OF APRIL 14th, 2014:
By: John Marchesan (Globe & Mail)
It wasn’t the result Mike Weir was hoping for but the Masters may have shown that Canada’s former top ranked pro could be turning the corner. Weir was the only Canadian to make the weekend cut at Augusta, finishing in a tie for 44th which was his best PGA result in the last 19 tournaments. It helped him climb 109 spots in the world rankings and moved him from No. 10 to No. 7 among Canadian pros.
Adam Hadwin continued his solid start to the year on the developmental Web.com Tour, finishing third at an event in Mexico. It was his third top-10 results in six events this year and was worth 3.45 world ranking points, good for a 35 spot gain. The result also moved the Abbotsford, B.C. golfer up to No. 3 on the Tour’s money list.
There was a change atop the men’s amateur rankings. Taylor Pendrith moved past Kent State teammate Corey Conners as he claimed the No. 1 ranking in Canada for the first time since he held it back in Week 4. He moved up two spots after finishing tied for 17th at the Kepler Invitational. Conners slips out of the top 20 in the world for the first time in 10 weeks after finishing tied for 41st at the same event, falling three spots
Lots of movement outside the top 10 with James Fahy jumping 26 spots up to No. 11 in Canada after finishing tied for 17th at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic. His 54 hole total tied for the fifth lowest score in Gonzaga school history and it was his fifth top-20 result of the season.
Eric Banks picked up 19 spots after finishing tied for 13th at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship. That result concluded the spring schedule for the junior at Florida.
Matt Williams helped Canada qualify for a spot in the World Junior Boys Championship after finishing second at a junior team qualifier in Victoria. The 17-year-old Calgary native and Team Canada Development Squad member climed 39 spots in the world ranking.
Brett McIntosh of London, Ont., picked up his first collegiate victory at the NYX Hoosier Invitational. Playing as an individual, his final round tournament low 65 was the lowest 18-hole score by a Wolverine player this season. He jumped 153 spots up to No. 17 in the Canadian rankings.
Complete World Amateur Golf Rankings can be found here.