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Stone rockets up world golf rankings

2016-12-05 14:30
Brandon Stone (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - South Africa’s Brandon Stone has rocketed up the world golf rankings after his win at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Sunday.

READ: Stone dominates in Leopard Creek win

Stone shot a 22-under-par, 266, to take a resounding seven-shot victory over fellow countryman and runner-up, Richard Sterne, in Malelane.

The win was Stone's second European Tour title.

The 23-year-old jumped 32 places - from 107th to a career-best 75th on the world golf rankings - making him the fourth highest ranked SA golfer, behind Branden Grace (16), Charl Schwartzel (23) and Louis Oosthuizen (26).

Stone started his 2016 season by claiming his first title on home soil at the SA Open, and will be looking to defend his title against world No 2 Rory McIlroy in January next year.

"Any time you get a victory on home soil, it’s massive," Stone said on Sunday.

"I won the SA Open at the start of the year and there was a little more fire in my belly at the beginning of this week to end the year strong.

"Leopard Creek is an incredible place and I’ve love coming here since I was a kid carrying my Dad’s bag. So to have my name on the trophy now is obviously very special, but it’s tough to sum up how the emotions are running right now," ended Stone.

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