Reinier Saxton emerged from the Amateur Championship at Turnberry as the new world number seven in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

 

The 20-year-old Dutchman, who beat English teenager Tommy Fleetwood 3&2 in the final, leapt an incredible 676 places in the ranking to cement a place in the top-10. The unprecedented leap is due to a somewhat artificial reason, however: having taken last season out of competitive golf citing burn-out, the Dutchman has only recently re-entered the competitive arena, and his previously lowly ranking belied his three wins at the Dutch Match Play Championship over the past few years.

 

Also making a stellar rise through the rankings is Saxton's victim in the final at Turnberry, Tommy Fleetwood. The 17-year-old from Southport came agonisingly close to becoming the youngest-ever winner of amateur golf's top prize, and while he misses out on the trips to Birkdale and Augusta that come to the victor, he can console himself that he is now ranked within the top 50 amateurs in the game: he rose 648 places to the number 43 spot.

 

Despite missing Turnberry in order to play in the US Open, American Rickie Fowler retains his spot as the number one ranked amateur in the game.

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