Taylor is No. 1
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Even though he left the tournament disappointed, U.S. Amateur Public Links runner-up Nick Taylor of Canada is the new World No. 1 in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Player Rankings. He’s also No. 1 in the R&A’s World Amateur Rankings.
Taylor, a senior-to-be at Washington, was low amateur in the U.S. Open and won the Sahalee Players Championship two weeks later.
• Brad Benjamin, of Rockford, Ill., was unranked before the U.S. Amateur Public Links, but debuts in the rankings at No. 166 after beating Taylor in the final to earn a Masters invitation.
• Matteo Manassero of Italy moved up to World No. 5 with a T-13 at the British Open. Just a month ago, Manassero (at age 16) became the youngest-ever, and first Italian winner of the British Amateur.
• A sixth-place finish at the Southern Amateur put Peter Uihlein of Orlando, Fla., into the top 10 for the first time at World No. 8. He appears to be peaking just in time for the Walker Cup selection process.
• English Golf Union Order of Merit winner Dale Whitnell moved to World No. 12 with a win in the Tillman Trophy.