Schwartzel secures WGC spot

2009-02-17 07:59

Pebble Beach - American Dustin Johnson booked his place in next week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona by winning the weather-hit Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Monday.

A PGA Tour rookie last year, Johnson qualified for the first WGC (World Golf Championship) event of the season by moving into the top 64 in the world rankings.

The 24-year-old climbed from 119th to a career-high 45th after clinching his second Tour title.

"I couldn't be more excited and it couldn't have come at a better time either," Johnson told reporters after organisers abandoned the final round at a saturated Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Dane Anders Hansen and South African Charl Schwartzel also secured WGC spots by breaking into the top 64.

Hansen climbed from 65th to 51st by winning the South African Tour's Vodacom Championship where Schwartzel tied for second to rise from 67th to 63rd.