Garrick Higgo’s second European Tour title last week in the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open saw him become the third-best South African golfer according to the latest Official World Golf Ranking.
He moved inside the world’s top 100 to 65th, a climb of 45 places, and he reached his highest ever position on the list, easily surpassing his previous highest of 90th which he reached after his share of 14th in last December’s DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
His rise leapfrogged him past six players, and he is now behind only the top-ranked South African Louis Oosthuizen, who is unchanged in 35th after his second-place finish in the Zurich Classic on the PGA Tour, and Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who dropped one spot to 40th after a week off from tournament play.
Erik van Rooyen, Dylan Frittelli and Branden Grace all lost ground after their showings in the PGA Tour event last week, with Van Rooyen and Frittelli each losing two spots, and Grace five. Van Rooyen is in 69th, Frittelli in 73rd and Grace in 88th on the rankings list.
Brandon Stone’s victory in the Limpopo Championship, co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and the Challenge Tour, saw him climb 22 places on the list to 76th, while one of the players he defeated in that four-way play-off for the win, Daniel van Tonder, is also up by eight places, into 72nd.
George Coetzee in 96th – down two – and Justin Harding in 125th – up six – round out South Africa’s top 10, and there are now nine South African’s in the world’s top 100 players.
Further down the list, Jaco Prinsloo moved into the world’s top 200 with his share of 11th in the Limpopo Championship, a rise of 10 spots and way above his 736th place at the end of 2020. Neil Schietekat climbed to 244th from 258th with his share of ninth, and MJ Viljoen to 256th from 280th with his share of fifth in the Limpopo Championship.
One of the other men who lost in the play-off to Stone was Hennie du Plessis, and he climbed 58 places to 285th on the world rankings. As a result, there are now 26 South Africans inside the world’s top 300.
South Africa’s top 10:
- Louis Oosthuizen 35 (unchanged)
- Christiaan Bezuidenhout 40 (down 1)
- Garrick Higgo 65 (up 45)
- Erik van Rooyen 69 (down 2)
- Daniel van Tonder 72 (up 8)
- Dylan Frittelli 73 (down 2)
- Brandon Stone 76 (up 22)
- Branden Grace 88 (down 5)
- George Coetzee 96 (down 2)
- Justin Harding 125 (up 6)