This week sees the conclusion of the race to win this year’s Mark H McCormack Medal, awarded to the world’s number one amateur at the conclusion of the US and European Amateur Championships. With these prestigious events taking place on either side of the
American Rickie Fowler has been at the head of the rankings for much of this year, and is still neck and neck with Lee. Following on from a highly successful 2007, Fowler has once again enjoyed a season of consistently good golf, during which he has won the Sunnehanna Amateur and made the cut at the US Open. Like Lee, Fowler is playing in the US Amateur Championship at Pinehurst this week, where he will look to improve on not getting beyond the initial match play round last year.
A victory for Lee or Fowler at Pinehurst would be enough to secure the McCormack Medal and both are safely through to the matchplay phase of the tournament. Should they fall short of that mark then there's every chance that one of Europe's top three amateur golfers, Anders Kristiansen, Jorge Campillo and Shane Lowry, could overtake them at the top of the rankings if they produce top finishes in this week's European Championship at
18-year-old Anders Kristiansen has scaled the rankings in the past few months following his triumph at the Australian Men's Amateur Championship earlier in the season. The Norwegian secured a tie for 9th place at the Lexus Open on the Challenge Tour last week, which was enough to catapult him into the world’s top three.
Lowry, who comes from
There are several other players who, given the combination of results, could also find themselves receiving the McCormack Medal. Korea's Sihwan Kim is playing at Pinehurst this week, and a good finish could propel him from 9th to first in the WAGR list; also France's Benjamin Hebert, who won the European Championship last year.