Matthew Fitzpatrick becomes the World’s number one amateur after a historic victory in the U.S. Amateur Championship. Fitzpatrick moves to the top of the World Amateur Golf Rankings following a 4&3 victory over Australia’s Oliver Goss at the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Fitzpatrick is only the second Englishman to win the championship over a century after Harold Hilton in 1911. He also wins the Mark H. McCormack medal as the world’s leading amateur for 2013.
The 18-year-old arrived at the Country Club in Brookline Massachusetts on a high after winning the silver medal as leading amateur in the Open Championship at Muirfield. He made the match play rounds with ease, finishing joint third behind countryman Neil Raymond and Australia’s Brady Watt.
Goss defeated Watt in the semi-finals, while Fitzpatrick bettered Canada’s Corey Conners to reach the final.
Putting proved to be the key for Fitzpatrick. One hole ahead after the morning 18, the Sheffield native won the 20th and 21st holes and cruised after that.
Aside from moving to the top of the world, Fitzpatrick takes his place on the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team.
Fitzpatrick replaces Cheng-tsung Pan as world number one. The Taipei golfer drops to world number six this week, with Michael Kim, Cory Whitsett, Watt and Patrick Rodgers occupying the numbers two to five spots respectively.
Goss improves fives spots this week to world number eight. Conners moves to world number 25 from last week’s position of 39.
Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson is the new Boys Amateur Champion after defeating Germany’s Michael Hirmer 10&9 at Royal Liverpool. He is the first Scotsman to win the title since Jordan Findlay in 2004.
Ferguson climbs 389 places on this week’s WAGR table to 712th. Hirmer enters the WAGR table at number 4002.
Yan Jing of China moves up three places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking after winning the Girls' British Open Amateur Championship at Fairhaven.
Jing defeated Italy’s Roberta Liti by one hole in the 18-hole final. She is first Chinese player to win the Championship since its inception in 1919. The 17-year-old Singapore-based player qualified 10th of the 64 players, and fought her way through to the final to face the 18-year-old from Florence.
Jing defeated 15-year-old Danish player Puk Lyng Thomsen in the semi-finals, while Liti bettered Sweden’s Michaela Finn.
World number 33 is Jing’s new ranking this week. Liti climbs 31 places to 151st. Thomsen also improves 31 places, moving to 293rd. Finn jumps 446 spots to 666th.
Europe may have won the Solheim Cup, but the United States took consolation by winning the junior version in Englewood, Colorado. The home team won the match 14 ½ – 9 ½ to extends its lead in the series to 4-2-1.
South Africa’s Bertine Strauss won the Ekurhuleni Stroke Play Championship in her homeland to advance 51 places on this week’s ranking to 176th.
Canada’s Brooke Mackenzie Henderson moves into this week’s world top 10, advancing one spot to 10th. Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow moves two places to number eight.
There are no movers into this week’s top 20. Spain’s Luna Sobron is the only player to breach the top 50. She climbs nine places to 50th.
England’s Charlotte Thomas won the English Women’s Open Mid-Amateur Championship at John O’Gaunt. The Singapore-based player defeated Chloe Rogers 4&3 in the final. Thomas is the world’s 61st ranked women amateur.