• All red for Saffas in rankings update

    Louis Oosthuizen
    Louis Oosthuizen

    None of the top eight South African golfers showed improvement in their global standing with the reveal of the latest Official World Golf Ranking, writes WADE PRETORIUS.

    It was a forgettable stop in Detroit for the four Saffas in action on the PGA Tour as Branden Grace, Charl Schwartzel, Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Erik van Rooyen all missed the halfway cut.

    Skipping the Rocket Mortgage Classic was Louis Oosthuizen, who remains SA’s No 1 in 21st place. His top performance since returning to action is a T46 finish at the Travelers.

    Like Oosthuizen, Erik van Rooyen dropped one place on Monday to sit in 41st. He missed the mark this weekend after rounds of 75 and 70. His best finish remains the T21 at the RBC Heritage.

    Continuing the trend of dropping one place was Bezuidenhout, now ranked 47th. A pair of 71s had him miss the cut, his second since the PGA Tour resumed play. Like Van Rooyen, the week at Harbour Town Golf Links was his best to date with a T28 result.

    Shaun Norris (down two places to 69th) has not played since the Oman Open with Branden Grace next in 76th. Two missed cuts in a row have followed his 61st-place finish at the RBC Heritage.

    Dylan Frittelli, one of the golfers to have tested positive for coronavirus, dropped to 108th with a pair of players stuck on the sidelines – Justin Harding and JC Ritchie – next. Harding is down in 116 with Ritchie remaining in 122 for the week.

    At the top of the pile, Rory McIlroy remains the leading player with Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson closest to him. Webb Simpson rose to fourth ahead of Justin Thomas and former world No 1 Brooks Koepka.

    Detroit winner Bryson DeChambeau moved into seventh place with Patrick Cantlay and Patrick Reed following him.

    Adam Scott, who hasn’t played in the four events to date, rounds out the top 10.

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