Massive Shakeup in the Golfweek amateurgolf.com Player Rankings
16 Sep 2009
by AmateurGolf.com Staff


With large numbers of amateurs turning professional, including Rickie Fowler and several other members of the U.S. and GBI Walker Cup teams, the rankings have been re-shuffled and Canadian Nick Taylor is the new #1.

With PGA tour School starting soon, many of the top U.S. players are turning professional, including outgoing #1 Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, CA. Several of his Walker Cup teammates are also turning pro, including Brian Harman (Savannah, GA), Cameron Tringale (Laguna Niguel, CA), and Adam Mitchell (Chattanooga, TN).

Other players who had delayed turning pro in hopes of making the team, but ultimately coming up short, are also turning pro, including Dan Woltman (Beaver Dam, WI) and Zach Sucher (Mobile, AL).

Euopean Tour Qualifying School has already started in four locations across Europe, and several GBI Walker Cuppers have turned pro, including Sam Hutsby, Luke Goddard, and Dale Whitnell of England, as well as Gavin Dear and Wallace Booth of Scotland.

With the shakeup in the rankings, Nick Taylor of Canada is the new World #1. Taylor, who won the Sahalee Players Championship, was runner-up in the U.S. Public Links Championship, and was the low amateur in the U.S. Open, held the #1 ranking for two weeks this summer before Rickie Fowler reclaimed the top spot in August.

Closely behind Taylor is Italy's Matteo Manassero, the 16-year-old who won the British Amateur, finished T13 in the British Open, and had two top-25 European Tour finishes.

The top three American players are all Walker Cuppers--Peter Uihlein (Orlando, FL) at #3, Brendan Gielow (Muskegon, MI) at #5, and Bud Cauley (Jacksonville, FL) at #6.

For complete World and U.S. point standings, click here.

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