Thu, 17 Jun 2021

South African golfer Garrick Higgo stole the headlines with his third European Tour title at the weekend as he marched to within one of the world's Top 50.

Higgo clinched the Canary Islands Championship title to climb to 51st in the latest Official World Golf Rankings.

Higgo climbed 15 places from last week's 66th to justifiably attract international attention as possibly the hottest golfer on the planet right now.

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Finishing in a share of fourth behind Higgo was compatriot Dean Burmester, who won the Tenerife Open two weeks ago. Burmester climbed to 93rd on the rankings, up from 107th last week - taking the number of South Africans inside the Top 100 to 10.

There are now 17 players from this country inside the Top 200, and 26 inside the Top 300.

The other win for a South African came from Wilco Nienaber in the Sunshine Tour and Challenge Tour's Dimension Data Pro-Am in George.

It was a long-anticipated title for the big hitting Nienaber, which also secured him a place in August's World Golf Championship-FedEx St Jude Classic.

Nienaber's climb to 131st on the world rankings means he is the 12th best South African player, according to that list.

Lower down, it was a good week for Charl Schwartzel as he climbed 20 places to 157th after a good showing in the Wells Fargo Championship where he finished 14th.

The biggest South African climber of the week inside the world's Top 300 was Oliver Bekker, who shot up 38 places to 285th, courtesy of his share of third in the Dimension Data Pro-Am.

South Africa's Top 10:

1. Louis Oosthuizen - 32 (up 1)

2. Christiaan Bezuidenhout - 40 (unchanged)

3. Garrick Higgo - 51 (up 15)

4. Erik van Rooyen - 75 (down 3)

5. Daniel van Tonder - 77 (down 2)

6. Dylan Frittelli - 79 (down 2)

7. Brandon Stone - 85 (down 1)

8. Branden Grace - 91 (unchanged)

9. Dean Burmester - 93 (up 14)

10. George Coetzee - 98 (down 1)

Source: News24

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