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Oosthuizen is new SA No 1

2012-04-16 14:05

Johannesburg - Fresh off his three-stroke win at the Malaysian Open at the weekend, Louis Oosthuizen is now South Africa's top-ranked golfer.

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Oosthuizen rose seven places to 12th in the latest world rankings released on Monday, displacing compatriot Charl Schwartzel who moved down to 13th spot.

In the last three weeks, Oosthuizen has finished third, second and first, and for the first time in his career is South Africa's number one player.

With Schwartzel and Oosthuizen leading the SA charge in the ratings list, there are another eight local players in the top 100 in the world.

Retief Goosen is the SA number three at 55th in the world, and Ernie Els is seven places behind the Goose.

George Coetzee finds himself in 73rd spot and Jaco van Zyl is in 80th position.

American-based Rory Sabbatini is 83rd, while young Branden Grace is in 89th place.

Thomas Aiken, at 91st, and Hennie Otto, at 98th, round out the South Africans in the top 100.

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Comments
  • Bob - 2012-04-16 14:34

    No surprise here, Louis is swinging like a dream, pity the big easy and the goose are so far down the rankings, they really are much better than that, I guess stats don't lie but you can never write either of them off in any tournament.

  • Jason - 2012-04-16 14:55

    Charl and Louis have done us proud as have all the other South Africans, except Rory I suppose. When they playing badly you don't see the childish outburst like Tiger does.

      Bob - 2012-04-16 15:12

      Jason, yes they are great ambassadors for South Africa, fantastic sportsmen, win or lose.

  • Attie - 2012-04-16 15:22

    yes they do us proud, but do you ever hear the sports minister or zuma for that matter mentioning golfers names when they do well internationally.

      Bob - 2012-04-16 15:39

      I wonder why, could it be because they are not, no it couldn't be that, what am I thinking.

      Johann - 2012-04-17 10:48

      http://www.sport24.co.za/Golf/Masters/Minister-heaps-praise-on-Charl-20110412

  • Sean - 2012-04-16 16:20

    Still that's not good enough.No SA golfer in the world top 10,let alone in the world top 5 which to me is a real shocker.They put that Luke Donald and Lee Westwood in the world top 10 that don't even won a Major which is bullocks! **** that ranking system BS!

      Andrew - 2012-04-16 18:12

      rankings are calculated on overall performance.. Westwood, Donald, McIlroy etc. are all consistantly performing well and hence are ranked highly.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Official_World_Golf_Ranking

      Bob - 2012-04-17 12:35

      sean, don't even won a major ?, the players get extra ranking points for winning a tournament depending on the size of the tournament, obviously the majors carry the most ranking points, just because there is not a South African golfer in the top 10 doesn't mean the ranking system sucks, read earlier comment about being a good sport, it counts for supporters aswell as competitors.

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