Chris Williams wins McCormack Award as highest-ranked amateur
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Chris Williams wins McCormack Award as highest-ranked amateur

Chris Williams ended the amateur golf season with the top spot in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, earning the Mark McCormack Award and a pair of major berths in the process.

The American, who was knocked out of the U.S. Amateur in the quarterfinal round, was ranked No. 1 after the conclusion of the championship at Cherry Hills C.C. in Colorado. Williams lost to eventual champion Steven Fox.

Williams, a product of the University of Washington, won the Western Amateur ahead of the U.S. Amateur, as well as the Washington State Am and medalist honors at the NCAA Southwest Regional. The Idaho native was named a first-team All-American.

This is the sixth year for the award, won by Patrick Cantlay last year. Williams will receive a berth into the field for the U.S. Open and Open Championship in 2013, provided he remains an amateur.

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