After a fantastic Open Championship at which he finished tied 13th and claimed the Silver Medal for top amateur, Italy’s Matteo Manassero is the newest entry into the WAGR Top 5, up four places to 4th.

 

Playing with Tom Watson and Sergio Garcia for the first two days, the 16-year-old never looked out of place, making the cut after rounds of 71 and 70. A solid third-round 72 was then followed by a sensational Sunday performance which saw him become a genuine contender for the Claret Jug; a couple of putts on the back-nine lipping out to keep him just out reach of the leaders.

 

It was, nevertheless, a phenomenal performance from a young man who looks destined to have a big future in the game.

 

Manassero now goes on to Royal St George’s for the Boys Amateur Championship looking to add the title to that of Amateur champion and Open Championship Silver Medalist. Should he do so, he will set a record that is not likely to be beaten for a long while.

 

Elsewhere, 22-year-old Brad Benjamin won the US Amateur Public Links Championship with a convincing 7 & 6 victory over WAGR No 1, Nick Taylor. Benjamin, who plays left-handed but putts right-handed, will now accept an invitation to play in the Masters Tournament next April.

 

"This is still surreal," he said. "The thought [of playing in the Masters] crossed my mind around the eighth hole or so."

 

Taylor, who was the Low Amateur at Bethpage State Park in the recent US Open, retains his status as WAGR No 1. Benjamin, meanwhile, rockets 311 places to WAGRank 140.

 

"Obviously, he's twice the player I am, at least on the resume, if not more than that," Benjamin concluded. "But eventually you've got to build one [a resume] so I might as well start today."

 

At Torrey Pines last week, 16-year-old Emiliano Grillo won the Junior World Golf Championship by four strokes; shooting a final-day four-under-par 68 for a three-under-par total of 285.Grillo makes a significant move up the Ranking as a result, rising 22 places to WAGRank 171.

 

And finally, world number two Matt Hill took the Ontario Amateur by a convincing margin. The 20-year-old, who won the 2009 Jack Nicklaus award for the season’s best collegiate golfer, posted a 14-under-par total of 270 to finish seven strokes ahead of his nearest rival at Oxford Golf and Country Club.

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