Ireland's Shane Lowry won last week's Mullingar Scratch Cup with a four-round total of 17-under-par 271 to rise to fourth in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and close the gap on Rickie Fowler, who still leads the World Amateur Golf Ranking. With just over a fortnight to go, the race is still wide open for the McCormack Medal that is awarded to the year's top-ranked amateur golfer at the end of each playing season.
Also in with an excellent chance of winning the McCormack Medal are New Zealand's Danny Lee, who won the Western Amateur at the beginning of August, and Spain's Jorge Campillo, whose excellent results this year include a semi-final appearance at The Amateur Championship and victory at the Spanish National Championship. Fowler and Lee will tee up in the US Amateur at Pinehurst next week, while Lowry and Campillo will play in the European Amateur at Esbjerg in Denmark.
With both events carrying significant numbers of ranking points, any of the top four could easily jump to the number one spot with a good performance – and indeed the tightness at the top of the rankings means that a victory at either championship for any player in the top-10 could see them rise to the top, if other results went their way.