Oosthuizen closing in on return to top 10 in rankings

FILE PICTURE: Louis Oosthuizen. Picture: Petri Oeschger/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images.

Oosthuizen had a stellar run to the final, winning six-matches in a row including the scalp of former world number one from last week.

Following his second place finish of the World Golf Championship-Dell Match Play on Sunday, Louis Oosthuizen has moved up to 11th in the world rankings.

Oosthuizen had a stellar run to the final, winning six-matches in a row including the scalp of former world number one from last week – Jordan Spieth of America. In the final, however, Oosthuizen encountered an in-form Jason Day of Australia who romped to a 5&4 victory at Austin Country Club, in Texas. Following his win, Day replaced Spieth as the new world number one when the rankings were released on Monday.

Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open Champion, leapfrogged Branden Grace to become the top-ranked South African. Oosthuizen, a former world number four, will be eyeing a return to the world top 10 for the first time since 2013.

Grace did not manage to get out of the group stages of the Match Play, and as a result he fell one spot in the rankings to 13th.

Further down the list, Charl Schwartzel maintained his 21st place in the rankings. Schwartzel also failed to progress beyond the group stages of the Match Play.

Jaco van Zyl could have booked his spot at the Masters at Augusta with a strong showing at the Match Play by moving inside the top 50 in the world – but he too failed to move past the group stage. As a result, Van Zyl dropped two spots to 54th.

Completing the South Africans in the top 100 are George Coetzee in 80th spot, with Dean Burmester further down in 90th.





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