• Schwartzel, Harding make much-needed rankings climb

    Charl Schwartzel
    Charl Schwartzel

    Charl Schwartzel and Justin Harding both finished inside the top three of the respective British Masters and 3M Open events over the weekend, with the pair gaining much-needed points in the Official World Golf Ranking.

    Harding would have bargained on a more grandstand finish during Saturday’s final round in Newcastle, but in the end had to settle for third spot as Italian Renato Paratore took victory. It was the South African’s highest finish on the European Tour this whole season and earned him R1,547,395.39 as a result.

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    Harding also climbed 13 spots in the Official World Golf Ranking and will start the week in 106th position.

    Schwartzel also experienced a significant rise in the rankings by jumping from 224th to 181st after his T3 finish at the 3M Open on Sunday evening.

    The 35-year-old enjoyed a great week in Minnesota in a performance that would’ve given him heaps of confidence going forward. He pocketed a decent R4,148,630.77 in the process.

    Dylan Frittelli secured himself a T18 at the 3M Open and also looked sharp throughout the week at TPC Twin Cities.

    He bagged R1,446,521.82 from the event and climbed three spots in the world rankings up to 101st – a decent showing at this week’s St Jude Invitational will have him break into the top 100.

    Erik van Rooyen unfortunately dropped a spot (44th) after he missed the cut at the 3M Open on Friday, while Louis Oosthuizen, Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Branden Grace remain secure in their positions.


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