Four-time Walker Cup veteran Nigel Edwards successfully defended the Duncan Putter title he won last year, a victory that has moved him up one place into the top echelon of The R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking at No 10.


Edwards was a member of the Walker Cup team of 2001 that had a 15-9 result over the United States at Sea Island, Georgia, and holed the winning putt in the one point victory at Ganton, Yorkshire, two years later.  He retained his place in the team for the two following matches.


Edwards, 40 this year, has had a fine start to the 2008 season. Before his repeat win in the Duncan Putter at Southerndown he had finished in 10th place in the Sotogrande Cup and reached the final of the South African Match Play Championship against Jacques Blaauw.


Four players made significant moves into the top 50 this week: Nick Taylor (Canada) - up 24 places to No 32; Charlie Holland (USA) - up 86 places to No 34; Ian Rochester (USA) - up 94 places to No 40; Casey Clendenon (USA) - up 9 places to No 49.


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