• OWGR: Saffa winners and losers

    Louis Oosthuizen
    Louis is still the man

    Compleat Golfer looks back at the highs and lows of the Official World Golf Rankings and picks out the winners and losers from the year gone by.

    WINNERS

    Louis Oosthuizen – 20th

    Winner of the SA Open, he is five places better off than his 2018 starting point.

    Erik van Rooyen – 50th

    En route to the Masters, Van Rooyen’s maiden win on the European Tour helped him move from his January starting point of 141st.

    Shaun Norris – 58th

    Prolific earner on the Japan Golf Tour, Norris is now SA’s third-highest ranked player after moving up 13 places from January until now.

    Justin Harding – 71st

    The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters winner is fourteen spots better off than he was on January 1.

    Christiaan Bezuidenhout – 89th

    From 521st to inside the top 100, safe to say Bezuidenhout has been the real winner according to the rankings.

    Richard Sterne – 165th

    276th at the start of the year, his run at the Abu Dhabi event early in the year helped spark a revival.

    JC Ritchie – 173rd

    One of the players to watch in 2020, Ritchie moved himself from 234th to comfortably inside the top 200 this year.

    Thriston Lawrence – 268th

    From languishing down near the 1000th mark, it has been a breakthrough year for Lawrence who claimed the Vodacom Origins Stellenbosch title.

    LOSERS

    Branden Grace – 122nd

    He got into the 2019 Masters at the very end of last year but there was no such revival for Grace this season. He has endured a difficult campaign which included a number of caddie changes and has work to do to get back to his best.

    Dylan Frittelli – 104th

    It’s a been a good year on the course for Frittelli, who won for the first time on the PGA TOUR at the John Deere Classic. Despite two top 10s and a T11 since then, he has continued to slide down the rankings. From 76th in January, he is now outside the top 100 in the world.

    Brandon Stone – 190th

    It’s been a trying year for the former Scottish Open champion and his rankings have taken a southerly-dive as a result. He is 85 places further down than at the turn of the year.

    Dean Burmester – 234th

    He started the year in 147th place but has struggled to find the game that saw him challenge at the season-ending Race to Dubai finale 24 months ago.

    Darren Fichardt – 385th

    From 160th to more than 120 places lower down, the upcoming campaign will be an important one for Fichardt’s long stay in the top of the South African charts.

     

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