George Coetzee was the big South African winner on the Official World Golf Ranking last week, as his 11th place finish in the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship saw him consolidate his spot within the world’s top 100 players.
He climbed to 90th from last week’s 98th to overtake Garrick Higgo, who missed the cut in Abu Dhabi and he slipped five places to 96th.
Coetzee was one of only three of the top 10 South Africans to improve his position. One other was Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who climbed one place to move to 35th – that’s one below the 34th spot in which he began 2021. Bezuidenhout, the South African Open champion, was just one stroke behind Coetzee in Abu Dhabi for a share of 12th.
Shaun Norris climbed one position to 115th, despite not being in action last week.
In contrast to Coetzee, Justin Harding slipped 13 places on the list to 179th after also missing the cut in Abu Dhabi, and he is just outside the South African top 10 which is rounded out by Wilco Nienaber in 166th, down four places after also missing the Abu Dhabi cut.
Erik van Rooyen was down two spots after his share of 56th in the American Express Desert Classic in Palm Springs, California.
The South African top 10 is:
- Louis Oosthuizen 25 (same)
- Christiaan Bezuidenhout 35 (up 1)
- Erik van Rooyen 57 (down 2)
- Dylan Frittelli 67 (down 2)
- George Coetzee 90 (up 8)
- Garrick Higgo 96 (down 5)
- Shaun Norris 115 (up 1)
- Branden Grace 135 (down 4)
- Daniel van Tonder 144 (down 1)
- Wilco Nienaber 166 (down 4)