George Coetzee has broken back into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time since May 2018, following his rewarding win at the Portugal Masters on Sunday.
Coetzee added a fifth European Tour title with a composed two-stroke victory at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, making it back-to-back victories after winning the Titleist Championship a week earlier.
The 34-year-old pocketed €156,825 (R3,099,355) for his efforts and will start the week in 85th position in the world, jumping up 62 spots from 147th.
It was Coetzee’s very first appearance on the European Tour since the Qatar Masters back at the start of March.
He has, however, been managing to yield decent results on Tour so far this year with Sunday’s win his fourth top-1o finish of 2020.
‘I’ve been playing well this year and had a lot of top 10s. I felt like if I kept playing the way I was I’d get there soon, but it was nice to get the win and skip a couple of steps,’ Coetzee said on Sunday.
‘There’s a reason I picked this event, because I always play well here. Last week I was really comfortable, this week I wasn’t.
‘I think those are the kind of steps you have to take. Winning ugly I guess you can say – when you’re not in your comfort zone.’
Coetzee also made a surge up the Race to Dubai standings, moving up 47 spots to 25th.
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