By: John Marchesan (Globe & Mail) – Week of December 8th, 2014.
Note: This will be the last Top 10 update for the year. Look for new top 10 reports starting in January.
Brooke Henderson will finish the year ranked No. 1 on at least one Canadian list. She has been the No. 1 ranked player among Canadian pros since the week of June 22 and is currently atop the list among amateur female players, both in Canada and the world. However her status on the latter list is expected to change by the end of the week.
SooBin Kim officially falls off the list after deciding to turn pro following the LPGA’s Q-school where she succeeded in earning full-status for the upcoming season, allowing Augusta James to move into the No. 2 spot among Canadian amateur females.
Maddie Szeryk moves up to No. 3. The dual citizen born in Texas is one three Canadian amateurs who finished the year inside the top 10 in 2014. Jennifer Yang (No. 6) of Coquitlam, B.C. and Megan Osland (No. 9) of Kelowna, B.C. being the other two who started the year outside the top 10 in Canada. Yang made one of the biggest leaps over the course of the year, climbing 338 places in the world amateur rankings. Naomi Ko (No. 13) of Victoria, B.C., also gained more than 300 places in the world rankings over the course of the year.
Outside of Henderson, Jennifer Kirby (No. 4) of Paris, Ont. and Nicole Vandermade (No. 9) of Brantford, Ont. made the biggest moves over the past year among the top 10 professionals. Kirby, who finished her first full season on the LPGA Tour this past year, gained 250 world ranking spots while Vandermade, who notched her first career win on the Symetra Tour this year, picked up 222 world ranking places.
Among Canada’s amateur men, Corey Conners climbed to a career-best No. 7 in the world. That’s a jump of 33 places for Canada’s top ranked amateur over the course of the past year.
No. 2 ranked Austin Connelly – a dual citizen like Szeryk – is one of four players to move into the top 10 in Canada this year. Jared du Toit (No. 5) of Kimberley, B.C., Austin James (No. 7) of Bath, Ont., and Tyler Saunders (No. 9) of Edmonton all started the year outside the top 10. Du Toit easily made one of the biggest leaps this year among the top 20 in Canada, climbing more than 1,500 places in the world since showing up in the Canadian rankings back in Week 5.
Graham DeLaet will finish the year as the top ranked Canadian for the third year in a row, however, the Weyburn, Sask. golfer finds himself at No. 57 as Christmas approaches. He hasn’t been ranked this low since August of 2013 and by slipping out of the top 50, he will not get the automatic invitation back to the Masters next year. He can guarantee a return to Augusta by either winning a PGA Tour event in the New Year or moving back into the top 50 at least one week prior to the first major of the golf season.
Richard T .Lee picked up 12 spots in the rankings after finishing in a tie for 38th at the Asian Tour’s Thailand Golf Championship. He picked up 1.21 world ranking points due to the high strength of field rating for the tournament which included world top 10s Bubba Watson and Sergio Garcia.
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