George Coetzee lines up a putt during the third round of the Tshwane Open. Photo: EPA/CATHERINE KOTZE

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's George Coetzee has moved back into the top-100 in the world rankings to 99th position in the rankings released on Monday.

Coetzee won his second Tshwane Open title in Pretoria on Sunday, and the win prompted a rise of 41 spots from 140th. South Africa now have five players in the top-100 in the world rankings.

The results of Coetzee have been trending in the right direction after starting the year with 54th at the SA Open before a couple of missed cuts on the European Tour the next two weeks.

Since then Coetzee took two weeks off and returned at the Dimension Data Pro-Am Sunshine Tour event in George where he claimed 13th position.

A tied-eight finish at the Qatar Masters on February 25 kept his results on the rise, and his four-stroke victory at  Pretoria Country Club completed his move back into the top echelon of world golf.

Coetzee, 31, is a former top-50 player in the world. He held a position in the elite 50 for 25 weeks starting on November 18, 2012. During that period, he twice reached a career-high 41st in the rankings.

The other SA players in the top-100 did not improve their positions last week. Top SA-ranked player Branden Grace remained 28th in the world, Louis Oosthuizen slipped one place  to 30th, Dylan Frittelli also moved one place down to 45th and Charl Schwartzel dropped three spots to 50th.

African News Agency (ANA)