Williams vaults to No. 1 in R&A amateur ranking

Chris Williams

Washington senior Chris Williams has overtaken Jordan Spieth as the No. 1 player in the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking.

The No. 1 position isn’t just a point of pride. It also comes with starts in next year’s U.S. Open and Open Championship. Those berths will be given to the winner of the Mark H. McCormack Medal, which is awarded to the ranking’s No. 1 player after the U.S. Amateur.

This summer, Williams won the Washington State Amateur Championship by 10 shots and placed second at the Sahalee Players Championship. In the spring, he won the NCAA Southwest Regional and finished the college season ranked fifth in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. He is competing in this week’s Web.com Tour event, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.

Williams was medalist at last year’s Western Amateur and won the Pacific Coast Amateur and Sahalee Players Championship.

Spieth, who became No. 1 in the R&A ranking when Patrick Cantlay turned professional, fell to No. 2. Spieth was the low amateur at this year’s U.S. Open (T-21) and finished 58th in the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic. Spieth also is in the field for this week’s Web.com Tour event.

Hideki Matsuyama, a two-time Asian Amateur champion, is No. 3 in the R&A ranking, followed by Stanford sophomore Patrick Rodgers and the Netherlands' Daan Huizing, winner of this year’s St. Andrews Links Trophy. Alabama sophomore Justin Thomas, the Haskins Award winner, is ranked sixth.

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