Wednesday, June 09, 2010

James Byrne in RandA WAGR top 20 for first time

and Philip McLean goes up 111 places

Peterhead’s Philip McLean has surged 111 places up the R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings on the strength of last Sunday’s joint second place in the St Andrews Links Trophy tournament.
McLean has jumped from No 402 to No 291 and is now No 7 among the Scots in this week’s updated top 500 world amateur golfers.
Banchory’s James Byrne, a student at Arizona State University, has entered the top 20 for the first time following the NCAA championships in which he was the top-scorer for his college in the stroke-play section. He has gone up 11 places to No 18, the first Scot to make the R&A WAGR since Gavin Dear turned professional.
Ross Kellett (Colville Park) has paid the price of failing to survive the halfway cut in the St Andrews Links Trophy. He has dropped 11 places to No 82 but he is still the only other Scot apart from Byrne in the top 100.
Latest world rankings
1 Peter Uihlein (US) (no change).
2 Nick Taylor (Canada) (no change).
3 Bud Cauley (US) (no change).
4 Jonathan Randolph (US) (+3 places).
5 Russell Henley (US) (+1).
6 Jin Jeong (South Korea) (+3).
7 Victor Dubuisson (France) (-2)
8 Andrea Pavan (Italy) (no change).
9 Patrick Reed (US) (+2)
10 Tommy Fleetwood (England) (-6).

Scots’ rankings:
18 James Byrne (+11).
82 Ross Kellett (-11).
215 Michael Stewart (+28).
225 Stuart Ballingall (-4).
245 James White (+22).
248 Kris Nicol (+2).
291 Philip McLean (+111).
325 David Law (+54).
381 Mark Hillson (-65).
422 Glenn Campbell (-21).
423 Peter Latimer (-6).



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