Fitzpatrick, Ko earn McCormack Medals as top ams

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Matt Fitzpatrick and Lydia Ko have been named the recipients of the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the leading men’s and women’s amateurs in the world. 

The 18-year-old Fitzpatrick, who was the low amateur at the British Open, won last week’s U.S. Amateur and is now ranked No. 1 in the world for the first time in his career. He was already exempt into the first three majors of 2014 by virtue of that victory at The Country Club. 

“For this to come along at the same time as winning the U.S. Amateur Championship is really special,” he said. “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, 16, meanwhile, is the top-ranked women’s amateur for the third consecutive year, a span of 122 weeks. Last year, she won the CN Canadian Women's Open.