Gabi Ruffels (Copyright USGA/Steven Gibbons)

Two of Australia’s finest were brilliant at the weekend with Minjee Lee and Adam Scott locking down top 10s on the world’s biggest tours.

Lee recorded a second straight LPGA Tour top 15 after finishing in a share of 6th at the Women’s Scottish Open, while Scott cracked the top five after a final-round 65 at the opening FedEx Cup Playoffs event in New Jersey.

But Aussie of the week goes to a rising star who we all hope will reach those heights one day with 19-year-old Gabi Ruffels making Australian golf history in Mississippi.

Ruffels became the first Australian to win the US Women’s Amateur and she did it in unbelievable fashion, birdieing four of the last five holes to earn a 1-up win in the 36-hole final against Albane Valenzuela.

The Melburnian stiffed her approach on 17 on her way to birdie to go ahead in the match, before draining a downhill 6m putt on the final green for the biggest win of her life.

So it’s exemptions into next year’s US Women’s Open, ANA Inspiration, Women’s British Open, Evian Championship, Augusta National Women’s Amateur for Gabi Ruffels!

Here is the recap from the rest of this past week’s action and the Australians’ performances.

PGA TOUR

THE NORTHERN TRUST

Liberty National Golf Club, Jersey City, New Jersey, August 8-11

Purse: $9,250,000 ($1,665,000 to the winner)

 

Next tournament: BMW Championship

Medinah Country Club (No. 3), Medinah, Illinois, August 15-18

 

             Player Result Earnings FedExCup

Standing

Notes
Aaron Baddeley WD 116 Failed to qualify for the BMW Championship after withdrawing during the first round with a back injury.
Jason Day CUT (E) 50 In his 12th consecutive start at THE NORTHERN TRUST, missed the cut for the first time. Dropped 10 spots to No. 50 in the FedExCup standings entering the BMW Championship.
Matt Jones T30 (-6) $53,765 108 Ended his season at THE NORTHERN TRUST, despite earning his best finish at this event in his sixth appearance.
Marc Leishman CUT (+2) 16 Missed the cut for the seventh time in his 11th start at THE NORTHERN TRUST. Best finish at this event is a T32 in 2011 at Plainfield Country Club. Easily advanced to the BMW Championship.
Adam Scott 5th (-13) $370,000 14 THE 2013 NORTHERN TRUST winner notched his third top-five finish in his last three starts at this event, while sharing the low round of the day with Kevin Tway. Advanced to the BMW Championship.
Cameron Smith T59 (-2) $20,165 84 Failed to advance to the BMW Championship for the first time since 2016, where he finished No. 157.

                                                           

Korn Ferry Tour

 

WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz

Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow), North Plains, Oregon

Purse: $800,000 ($144,000 to the winner)

 

Next Tournament: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

The Ohio State University Golf Club (Scarlet), August 15-18

 

             Player Result Earnings Regular Season

Standing

Notes
Robert Allenby DNP  
Jamie Arnold CUT (-3) 38 Despite not securing his PGA TOUR card by finishing inside The 25, will have a chance to compete in the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals to lock up his card.
Brett Coletta CUT (+2) 27 Entered the tournament No. 25 in the standings but fell to No. 27 with a missed cut in Portland. Despite not securing his PGA TOUR card by finishing inside The 25, will have a chance to compete in the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals to lock up his card.
Brett Drewitt T18 (-12) $10,080 88 Season ended in Portland.
Harrison Endycott DNP 229
Rhein Gibson T11 (-14) $17,600 10 Earned his PGA TOUR card for the 2019-20 season after ending the season with eight top-25 finishes, including a victory at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Cameron Percy DNP 58 Remained exempt for the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour season.
Travis Smyth DNP 239

 

MacKenzie Tour                                    

ATB Financial Classic

Country Hills Golf Club Talons Course, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Purse: CAN $200,000 ($36,000 to the winner)

 

Next Tournament: Players Cup

Southwood Golf and Country Club, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, August 15-18

 

             Player Result Earnings Order of Merit

Standing

Notes
Josh Hetherington (a) CUT (+1)  
Ryan Ruffels CUT (-1) 18
Ruben Sondjaja T23 (-9) $1,714 104

 

US WOMEN’S AMATEUR

Old Waverly, Mississippi
Won by Gabi Ruffels 1UP in the Final over Albane Valenzuela

Australians:
1 – Gabi Ruffels, 72-68, Rd of 64: 5&4, Rd of 32: 4&3, Rd of 16: 6&5, Quarter: 2&1, Semi: 2-Up, Final 1-Up
T33 – Doey Choi, 71-73, Rd of 64: lost 1 Dn
T33 – Steph Kyriacou, 75-72, Rd of 64: lost 22 holes
MC – Becky Kay, 76-73
MC – Jessica Whitting, 79-74
MC – Amelia Grohn, 79-76
MC – Sue Wooster, 80-80

 

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR/LPGA TOUR

Ladies Scottish Open
The Renaissance Club, Scotland
Won by Mi Jung Hur at -20 by four shots

Australians:
T6 – Minjee Lee, -11, 69-73-64-67
T13 – Su Oh, -9, 65-73-66-71
T35 – Katherine Kirk, -4, 68-69-70-73
T55 – Hannah Green, 67-73-71-74
MC – Sarah Kemp, +3, 71-74
MC – Whitney Hillier, +5, 71-76

 

EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR

Made In Denmark Challenge
Silkeborg Ry Golfklub, Denmark
Won by Calum Hill at -22 by one shot

Australians:
T47 – Jordan Zunic, -9, 71-66-67-75
T61 – Ben Eccles, -6, 72-65-73 (MDF)

 

SYMETRA TOUR

PHC Classic
Brown Deer Park Golf Course, Milwaukee
Won by Robyn Ree at -17 by three shots

Australian:
MC – Steph Na, +3, 74-73

 

JAPAN LPGA TOUR

Hokkaido Meiji Cup
Sapporo International Country Club, Japan
Won by Seonwoo Bae at -12 in a playoff

Australian:
MC – Karis Davidson, +5, 77-72

 

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