23.5.2018 12:27 pm
Rising SA star Frittelli now aims for the big stage
The 27-year-old laid a platform last year to break into the top 100 of the world rankings and is keen to set his sights higher.
Unlike last year when Dylan Frittelli made his BMW PGA Championship debut with the aim of consolidating his spot in the top-100 in the official world golf ranking, this year his objective is loftier and he will want a solid showing at Wentworth this week.
When the tournament at Wentworth came around last year, Frittelli was ranked 84th in the world, and his goals would have included moving up those rankings to secure invitations to some of the biggest events of the year such as the World Golf Championships tournaments.
Things have changed, however, for Frittelli since his breakthrough victory in the European Tour’s Lyoness Open in Austria.
Apart from the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open win, Frittelli has kept his rise up the rankings on the go and is lying 57th in the world this week ahead of the trip to Surrey.
Prospects of heading off to Shinnecock Hills for this year’s US Open are now tantalisngly close.
This, of course, will depend on how he and others play in Wentworth. But, Frittelli is meticulous and he would have already thought out a plan and a process.
And, having had the taste of the majors already, and having kept his spot within the top 60 in the world up to this point, a push for a spot in the field of the US Open starting on June 14 will be his immediate goal. Those players inside the top-60 at the start of next week gain exemption to the year’s second major.
Also making positive movements on the world ranking this week was Justin Harding who moved up from 186 last week to 157, thanks to his two top-10 finishes and the wins at the Investec Royal Swazi Open and the Lombard Insurance Classic eSwatini.
Following his third-place finish at the AT&T Championship, Branden Grace moved up three spaces, from 36th to 33rd.
Also, in that top 60 in the world currently is Louis Oosthuizen who dropped one spot to 36th while Charl Schwartzel maintained his 43rd position in the world. Despite dropping three spots below the 94th spot he occupied last week, George Coetzee is still in the top 100 but a trip to the US Open is highly unlikely.