WEEK OF MARCH 3rd, 2014:
By: John Marchesan (Globe & Mail)
David Hearn of Brantford, Ont. moved up 22 spots to a career-best No. 122 in the world rankings following his tie for 6th at the Honda Classic. The result was worth just over 11 world ranking points, which was the first time he’s earned double-digit ranking points since missing out on a victory at the John Deere Classic last year. It was his first top-10 result on the PGA Tour since finishing in a tie for 8th at the World Cup.
On both the amateur men’s and women’s side, most of the movement took place outside the top 10.
Elliott Whitley was the biggest mover, climbing 132 spots and into the top 20 after finishing tied for third at the Armstrong Pirate Invite. The sophomore from Hamilton, Ont., equalled his best finish as a member of Lynn University while besting his previous 54-hole career-low total by one stroke. He was just one of six players in the field of 90 to finish under-par for the tournament.
Michigan’s Brett McIntosh was up 22 spots after finishing tied for 30th at the Puerto Rico Classic. It was the 19th consecutive start with the Wolverines for the sophomore out of London, Ont. Michigan finished tied for sixth which was their best showing ever at the tournament.
Vancouver’s James Fahy moved up 12 spots after finishing tie dfor 15th at the Snowman Getaway. The junior at Gonzaga shot a final round 69 to tie a career high with a final score of 212 as the Bulldogs recorded their third lowest round of 18 in school history on their way to a third place result.
On the women’s side, Surrey, B.C.’s A Ram Choi climbed five spots after finishing tied for 18th at the UC Irvine Invitational. The Portland State junior rebounded from an opening round 84 with a final round 69 which matched the best round of the day along with three other golfers. Choi now has three rounds in the 60s this season and four subpar rounds out of 14.
Elizabeth Tong moved up 15 spots with a tie for 6th at the Westbrook Invitational. It was the first top-10 result of the season for the Thornhill, Ont. junior at Indiana while her 36 hole total of 213 was a career best with the Hoosiers.
Maya Parsons picked up 36 spots after a tie for third at the Annual USA Invitational. The junior out of Whitby, Ont., carded a final round 74 to pace Jacksonville State to a second place finish.
Complete World Amateur Golf Rankings can be found here.