Christiaan Bezuidenhout has climbed up 41st in the world, his highest-ever ranking position, following his victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
The 26-year-old claimed a four-stroke triumph at Leopard Creek on Sunday for a second European Tour crown.
Subsequently, Bezuidenhout jumped 20 places in the Official World Golf Rankings, surpassing his previous best position of 47th.
For his efforts, Bezuidenhout also pocketed a whopping €235,238 (R4,301,656.16) from the winner’s fund.
‘I’m really pleased I pulled it off. Leopard Creek has always been a special place for me, and the golf course this week was immaculate. You don’t get much better than this. I’ve always wanted to win this tournament,’ Bezuidenhout said on Sunday.
Garrick Higgo fell down two places to 99th in the world after he missed the cut at the Dunhill last Friday, while Wilco Nienaber’s phenomenal rise continued by climbing from 209th to 186th after finishing in 12th spot over this past weekend.
The European Tour will now head to the Gary Player Country Club this week for the South African Open Championship, where Dylan Frittelli will make an exciting appearance on home soil.
Frittelli claimed fifth spot at the recent Masters and a good performance at Sun City could have him make further headway in the OWGR.