Canada’s Nick Taylor was presented with the Mark H McCormack Medal last weekend.
The Medal was presented by Steve Sander, on behalf of The R&A, during a special ceremony at the University of Washington, where Taylor is in his senior year. The award recognises the top-ranked golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking at the end of the amateur season and following the European and US Amateur Championships.
The 22-year-old from Abbotsford, British Columbia, had a truly outstanding season. Taylor ascended five places to the top of the Ranking in June after heading the US Open sectional qualifying at Tumble Creek, Washington, at which the First Team All-American finished two shots clear of the largely professional field, and claimed one of the two places available.
He maintained that form in the US Open itself at Bethpage State Park. In the process of achieving an impressive 36th-place finish – the low amateur – on the formidable Black Course, Taylor shot a second-round 65, the joint-lowest score by an amateur in the Championship’s history, to make the cut in tied-seventh position.
He followed his Bethpage performance with a win at his next tournament, the Salahee Players Championship in Sammamish, Washington, before finishing runner-up at the US Public Links Championship at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Oklahoma.
By the end of his junior year at the University of Washington he had rewritten the school’s record book, becoming Washington’s first Pac-10 Player of the Year, registering the most collegiate victories in a single year (4), the lowest 54-hole total (198) and the lowest third-round score (63).
Taylor topped the World Amateur Golf Ranking for 21 weeks before being displaced by France’s Victor Dubuisson. Taylor is currently ranked third behind Dubuisson and Italy’s Matteo Manassero.