Washington’s Chris Williams Takes Over World No. 1 Amateur Ranking
As Northwest golf fans clinked their glasses together Sunday night to toast Fred Couples’ win at the 2012 Senior British Open — besting final-group partner Bernhard Langer in a reversal of final-group fortunes from the 2010 U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee — another announcement over the weekend may have slipped beneath the radar.
University of Washington golfer Chris Williams moved into the No. 1 spot on the Royal and Ancient World Amateur Golf Rankings late last week, sending notice to the golf world that Seattle’s run as a producer of world-class golfers won’t end with Boom-Boom.
Indeed, Golfweek’s Sean Martin notes that Williams’ ranking — should he maintain it through next month’s U.S. Amateur at Colorado’s Cherry Hills — will earn the Idaho native more than just an impressive bullet point in his official bio. The R&A’s No. 1 amateur golfer earns an automatic berth at next year’s U.S. Open and Open Championship — not a bad way for a recent college graduate to make their debut in the professional golf world.
A two-time All-American, Williams has twice been named to the United States’ Palmer Cup team, essentially college golf’s version of the Ryder Cup. He just missed the cut in last weekend’s Web.com (formerly Nationwide) Tour event in Ohio, and has also teed it up with the pros at the 2011 U.S. Open.