JOHANNESBURG – SA's Branden Grace shot up to 73rd in the world golf rankings released on Monday.
Grace moved up a whopping 56 places from 129th courtesy of his three-shot victory in the SA Open at Randpark Golf Club on Sunday.
The 31-year-old closed with an incredible nine-under 62 to end on 21-under, in the process overhauling Louis Oosthuizen who had to settle for second on 18-under.
It was a ninth European Tour win for Grace, and his first since November 2017 when he won the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City. The former world number-10 in 2019 had 11 missed cuts and just three top-10s as his ranking plummeted.
Oosthuizen, meanwhile, rose inside the top-20 - moving up two places to 18th as he remains SA’s top-ranked player.
Erik van Rooyen remained 48th, Justin Harding dropped six spots to 78th and Christiaan Bezuidenhout at 90th rounded out the SA golfers in the top-100.
African News Agency (ANA)