Texan player Colt Knost, entered the top 20 of The R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking after his victory at the US Amateur Public Links defeating Cody Paladino 6 and 4 in the final. The 22 year-old Texan scored just seven bogeys over six rounds at the Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton Illinois. Knost, moves up 18 places to No 17 following on from his win, and he also gains exemption into the 2007 and 2008 US Amateur Championships. An invitation to the 2008 Masters is also likely if he remains an amateur. This performance will also strengthen Knost’s bid to feature in the 2007 US Walker Cup team, captained by George “Buddy” Marucci.


American, Rickie Fowler has risen to No 25 after an impressive performance at the Players Amateur held at the Belfair Golf Club in Bluffton, South Carolina. Finishing two strokes ahead of fellow American Michael Thompson at 24 under par, Fowler added to his victory in the Sunnehanna Amateur last month. As a result of his most recent win, Fowler has climbed 118 places in the rankings. The second place finish has moved Thompson firmly inside the top 20, at No 16 while third place player Kyle Stanley remains at No 9.


Englishman Seve Benson has moved up 25 places to No 42, following his victory in the Tillman Trophy at Wentworth. The Wentworth player carded an aggregate 285 to claim victory by a solitary stroke over Dale Whitnell who climbed up 130 places to No 118 in The R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking.

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