Fitzpatrick and Ko win Mark H McCormack Medals as leading amateurs

Matthew Fitzpatrick and Lydia Ko have won the Mark H McCormack Medals as the leading men’s and women’s amateur players in the 2013 World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).

Fitzpatrick (Pictured right with US Amateur Championship Trophy) has enjoyed an outstanding season, winning the Silver Medal as the leading amateur at The Open, becoming the first Englishman to win the U.S. Amateur Championship since 1911 and reaching the final of the English Amateur Championship. He secured his place in the field for next year’s Open Championship at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake), the U.S. Open at Pinehurst and will receive an invitation to play in The Masters.

New Zealander Ko has won the McCormack Medal for the third year in succession after another excellent year in which she has played in four Major Championships and several events on the LPGA Tour as well as other worldwide professional events. The 16-year-old’s best finish of the year was tied third in the ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open but she also tied 17th in the Wegmans LPGA Championship and 25th in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

The R&A and United States Golf Association (USGA) award recognises the outstanding performances of both players this year. Fitzpatrick was ranked number two before overtaking Cheng-tsung Pan this week after his 4&3 victory over Australian Oliver Goss, ranked 8th, in the 36 hole final of the U.S. Amateur Championship at the weekend. Ko, who won the inaugural Women’s McCormack Medal in 2011, has led the rankings for 122 weeks.

Fitzpatrick said, “I’m absolutely delighted to win the McCormack Medal. For this to come along at the same time as winning the U.S. 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.”

Ko (Pictured below) said, “It means a lot. And to have won the medal three years in a row makes it more special.

"It’s awesome. To have maintained my position for the last three years has been meaningful. I won the U.S. Amateur last year. I wanted to win that championship so much and to have won it, it was great. Without winning it I may not have been able to maintain my position.”

John Bodenhamer, USGA Senior Managing Director, Rules, Competitions & Amateur Status, said, "On behalf of the USGA, I extend our congratulations to both M