Aldrich Potgieter made his way quietly into the top 20 of South Africa’s best players according to the latest Official World Golf Ranking list after his maiden victory on the Korn Ferry Tour at the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic.
Given his huge jump of 897 places last week from 1,264th to 367th, he will probably have to accept he’ll slow down over the rest of the season. But his good start, and the prospect of more good performances to come, probably indicate that the upward trend will continue.
While it wasn’t the biggest ever jump in the world rankings – that happened when amateur Nick Dunlap won the American Express on January 21 and climbed 4,061 spots to 68th – it was nonetheless an impressive climb up the only list at the moment which ranks players on all tours around the world except LIV Golf.
The website TUGR (The Universal Golf Rankings – https://tugr.org/rankings) has Potgieter at 482nd, up 314 places as he begins his career in the United States.
Potgieter’s climb saw Wilco Nienaber slip outside the South African top 20 on the official list which is topped by Christiaan Bezuidenhout.