Justin Shin made the biggest move of the week, gaining 832 spots and climbing up to No. 11 in Canada after picking up his first professional win on the PGA Tour China circuit. The former New Mexico golfer defeated fellow Canadian Eugene Wong by three strokes to pick up his first career world ranking points. Shin finished first at qualifying school earlier this year to earn a spot on PGA Tour China, which is like PGA Tour-sponsored circuits in Canada and Latin America.
Wong picked up 294 spots to move from No. 16 up to No. 12 in Canada. The North Vancouver golfer registered his second top-10 finish in three starts which was worth 3.60 world ranking points.
Among the top-10 ranked Canadians, Adam Hadwin made the biggest move, picking up 29 spots after finishing in a tie for fifth at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. A 24-foot birdie putt on the final hole of the final round helped him finish two shots back of eventual winner Chris Kirk – his best finish on the PGA Tour since a tie for fourth in 2011 RBC Canadian Open. The 8.93 world ranking points are also the most he’s collected since the 2011 finish. It was his second top-10 finish of his rookie PGA Tour season after missing his previous four cuts.
Nick Taylor picked up eight spots and moved up to No. 4 in the Canadian rankings after finishing tied for 27th at the Crowne Plaza event.
David Hearn, the No. 2 ranked pro in Canada, moved up three spots after finishing tied for 33rd – his third points-paying finish in the last five weeks.
Top ranked Canadian Graham DeLaet slipped to No. 82 in the world, his lowest ranking since 2013.
On the women’s side, Augusta James moved up 108 spots in the world rankings after coming up just shy of her second win on the Symetra Tour this year. After making birdie on the final hole to force a playoff, James lost to Haruka Morita-WanyaoLu on the second extra hole. The result was worth $10,102 to James which enabled her to move up to second on the season-long money list.
Sara-Maude Juneau picked up four spots in the world rankings after finishing tied for 19th at her home course, Raintree Country Club in Charlotte, N.C., where she’s been a member for almost six months now. The Quebec golfer, who went to school in Louisville, has called the Queen City home since the end of last year.
On the amateur side, Alastair Tidcombe climbed 238 spots after finishing tied for fourth at the NAIA Championships. In the process, he helped Coastal Georgia to the team title as they led from start to finish for their second straight national championship. The result helped the senior from Wolfville, N.S. go from No. 14 up to No. 6 in the Canadian rankings. Tidcombe was also named to the First Team NAIA Men’s Golf All-America squad.
Tyler Saunders moved up to No. 7 in Canada after picking up 17 spots in the world rankings.
Joey Savoie climbed 75 spots after finishing in a tie for fourth in the stroke play portion at the NCAA Division II Championships. That enabled Saint Leo to advance to medal match play where Savoie was instrumental in helping the team defeat Simon Fraser in the quarter-finals. The Quebec golfer then turned in an exceptional round in the semi-finals, scoring the only point for the Lions in the loss while carding the lowest score recorded at the 2015 Championship.
On the women’s side, Jennifer Yang gained 15 places to climb past Elizabeth Tong and into the No. 4 ranking in Canada.
Honourable mentions go to Maxwell Sear of Unionville, Ont., who won the Investors Group Junior Spring Classic and Thomas Simpson of Aurora, Ont., winner of the CN Future Links Ontario Championship. The pair made their Amateur World Ranking debuts at No. 3,993 and 5,096 respectively.
Alyssa Getty of Ruthven, Ont., was a double-winner, collecting the Investors Group Junior Spring Classic and the CN Future Links Ontario Championship. Her 398 place gain in the world rankings helped move her into the top-30 in the Canadian rankings.
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