Rickie Fowler, 18-year-old first year student at Oklahoma State University, has finished the year at the top of The R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking, a position he has held for 16 weeks.

Fowler,a quarter-finalist at the 2006 US Amateur, won the 2007 Sunnehanna Amateur and the Players Amateur in Bluffton, South Carolina, where he was 24 under par for 72 holes, before being selected for the USA Walker Cup team.

He won three points out of four in the match at Royal County Down, losing only in the final day singles to Rhys Davies of Wales.  Following Walker Cup action he returned home to capture the Olympia Fields Invitational, securing the WAGR No 1 spot.

Fellow Walker Cup player Colt Knost was awarded the inaugural Mark H McCormack medal as top player in the Ranking in week 38.  He was in the top position for five weeks before turning pro.

Richie Ramsay of Scotland, winner of the US Amateur Championship in 2006, was the first player to head the Ranking at the beginning of 2007, followed by Jamie Moul of England, who remained at number one for 16 weeks.  Both have since joined the professional ranks.

Rory McIlroy of Ireland, winner of the Silver Medal as leading amateur in The Open Championship at Carnoustie, held the top spot for just one week, but has since won his place on the European Tour with impressive performances in his first five professional events, including third place in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

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