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Nick Dunlap makes biggest jump in Official World Golf Ranking history after winning the American Express

January 22, 2024

Orlando Ramirez

Nick Dunlap became the first amateur to win a PGA Tour event in 33 years on Sunday. On Monday, he made a bit more history.

That's because when the Official World Golf Ranking came out, the 20-year-old Alabama sophomore had vaulted more than 4,000(!) spots after his victory at the American Express.

Make that 4,061 spots to be precise. Have a look at where Nick sits now at No. 68, right in between Aaron Rai and Thriston Lawrence:


It should come as no surprise that according to OWGR guru @Nosferatu on Twitter, that's the biggest jump in the history of the world ranking, which dates back to 1986. Pretty impressive.

Also impressive? The next highest-ranked amateur is Stanford senior Michael Thorbjornsen at No. 463, who made a jump of 147 spots himself this weekend after finishing T-11 at the Dubai Desert Classic on the DP World Tour.

The top 10 in the OWGR, led by No. 1 and Scottie Scheffler and No. 2 Rory McIlroy—who won in Dubai—remained unchanged.

Dunlap is currently No. 3 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, behind Vanderbilt's Gordon Sargent and Georgia Tech's Christo Lamprecht. Thorbjornsen is No. 4.