JOHANNESBURG – Following his maiden European Tour win, South Africa’s Justin Harding has risen to 52nd in the latest World Golf Rankings released on Monday.
Added to his winner’s cheque of R4.2 million at the Qatar Masters on Sunday, the 33-year-old jumped 22 spots in the rankings.
He was already the third-ranked SA golfer on the ratings, behind Branden Grace (41) and Louis Oosthuizen (28), but now he will surely be setting even loftier goals.
If Harding moves inside the top-50 in the world by the end of March, he will automatically receive an invite to the year’s first Major – The Masters at Augusta, starting on April 11.
Since February last year, he’s played in 22 countries, registering 15 top-10 finishes in the process.