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Bonallack appointed Chairman of World Rankings

Former Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R&A) secretary Michael Bonallack has succeeded the late Mark McCormack as chairman of the official world rankings, the European Tour announced on Monday.

The 69-year-old Bonallack, acknowledged as one of Britain's greatest amateur golfers, will head a new incorporated company, Official World Golf Ranking, which is based at the European Tour's headquarters at Wentworth, England.

"Official World Golf Ranking is yet another legacy left to golf because of Mark McCormack's superb vision and, in assuming the role of chairman, I look forward to a new and exciting chapter in its history, " Bonallack said in a statement.

Englishman Bonallack, who won the British amateur title five times between 1961 and 1970, represented Britain and Ireland on nine occasions in the Walker Cup team competition, twice as captain.

In 1983, he was named secretary of the R&A, a post he held until his retirement in 1999 when he became one of the European Tour's non-executive directors.

Golf's world rankings, which are endorsed by the four major championships and the game's six leading professional tours, were devised by American McCormack and first introduced in 1986.

McCormack's company, International Management Group, has been responsible since then for managing and producing the weekly rankings.

Once dubbed the most powerful man in sport, McCormack died in New York last May after failing to recover from a heart attack he suffered four months earlier.

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