Golf: More medals for top ranked Fitzpatrick

Matt Fitzpatrick watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the final round of match play at the 2013 U.S. Amateur. (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)
Matt Fitzpatrick watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the final round of match play at the 2013 U.S. Amateur. (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)
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Sheffield teenager Matthew Fitzpatrick has won the Mark H McCormack medal as the leading men’s amateur player in the 2013 World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Fitzpatrick has enjoyed an outstanding season, winning the Silver Medal as the leading amateur in the Open at Muirfield before becoming the first Englishman to win the US Amateur title since 1911 and being named on the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team.

The 18-year-old, who had been second in the rankings until his US Amateur triumph, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to win the McCormack Medal.

“For this to come along at the same time as winning the US Amateur Championship is really special.”

I had a fair idea that if I had a good finish I might be able to scrape it but it was great that it went my way.

“It has been an amazing few weeks for me ever since The Open and I am really happy to have achieved so much.”

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko won the women’s award for the third year in a row. The 16-year-old played in four major championships and several events on the LPGA Tour in 2013. Despite remaining an amateur, she has yet to miss a cut in 22 professional events.