Colt Knost of Dallas, Texas won the US Amateur Championship at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California and moved to No 1 in The R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking. Knost, a senior at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, defeated Michael Thompson, also a senior at Tulane University in New Orleans, at the 35th Hole to win 2 and 1. Thompson has moved to No 7 in the WAGRanking and is first reserve for the US Walker Cup team.
Knost was picked for the team before his US Amateur win, having won the US Amateur Public Links Championship in July, and he now heads to Royal County Down as the World No 1. He is only the second player to win the US Amateur and US Amateur Public Links Championships in the same year. Ryan Moore was the first to achieve the feat in 2004.
Benjamin Hebert won the European Individual Amateur Championship at Berlin Sporting Club in Berlin, Germany. The Frenchman defeated Joel Sjoholm, a senior at Georgia State, in a playoff after the two players tied after 72 holes on an 11 under par total of 277. It was a significant victory for Hebert who moved up 128 places to No 206. Sjoholm moved up 9 places to No 22. GB&I Walker Cup team member Daniel Whillett continued his fantastic recent form by finishing tied for third at 8 under par.
Knost and Hebert have both gained exemptions into next year’s Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.