Leona Maguire ranked fourth in the world

The Maguire Twins at Knightsbrook

 

COUNTY Cavan teenager, Leona Maguire, is the fourth best amateur in the world according to the new rankings released by the R&A and the USGA.

The 16-year-old, who won the Portuguese Amateur Open Championship by a stunning 15 shots at the start of the month, is the highest placed European in the rankings which were published for the first time yesterday on a new World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) website.

Her twin sister Lisa is the second best Irish golfer at 31st.

Administered jointly by The R&A and the USGA, and incorporating both the men’s and the women’s ranking, the website ranks over 8000 players, awarding points based on more than 3000 worldwide Counting Events. The WAGR compares amateur performance in elite competition over a rolling, 52-week period.

The introduction of the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking was announced earlier in the month. The launch follows an extensive period of testing by The R&A.

The women’s ranking currently has a calendar of 1,350 counting events with more than 3,100 ranked players from 50 countries.

The men’s ranking was founded on 1 January 2007, and currently includes 1,800 Counting Events, with more than 5,000 players from 70 countries.

Since then, it has been adopted to determine the fields at national amateur championships in Spain, Britain and the USA, as well as many other amateur events throughout the world. There have been 17 WAGR number ones, including the current world number seven Rory McIlroy and 2010 USA Ryder Cup team member Rickie Fowler.

Portstewart’s Paul Cutler is currently the highest placed Irish golfer in the men’s rankings at 31.

The current men’s number one is reigning US Amateur Champion Peter Uihlein of the USA. The women’s number one is 2010 LPGA Xavier International Champion Mitsuki Katahira from Japan.

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