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Charl Schwartzel Back in Top 20 of World Rankings
Charl Schwartzel has returned to the world’s top 20 following his four-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the weekend.
The 29-year-old took the title for a third time after thundering to triumph at Leopard Creek; successfully defending the crown he’d won by 12 strokes last year.
The win, coupled with a top-four finish achieved at the South Africa Open the previous week, now sees Schwartzel rise three places to 18th in the latest round of Golf World Rankings.
There were other significant movers too, with Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama becoming the first rookie to win the Japanese Tour’s money-list title following his fourth win of a wonderful season at the Casio World Open.
The 21-year-old started the year at 128 in the rankings charts, but has now moved up to 23rd. Matsuyama claimed top-10 finishes at both the US Open and Open Championship this season when he defeated Yuta Ikeda by one shot to cap a memorable first campaign in the paid ranks.
1 Tiger Woods (USA) 11.89pts, 2 Adam Scott (Aus) 10.13, 3 Henrik Stenson (Swe) 8.85, 4 Phil Mickelson (USA) 7.57, 5 Justin Rose (Eng) 7.50, 6 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 6.86, 7 Matt Kuchar (USA) 6.27, 8 Steve Stricker (USA) 6.03, 9 Brandt Snedeker (USA) 5.63, 10 Jason Day (Aus) 5.41, 11 Jason Dufner (USA) 5.28, 12 Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 5.20, 13 Ian Poulter (Eng) 5.18, 14 Dustin Johnson (USA) 5.14, 15 Luke Donald (Eng) 4.91, 16 Zach Johnson (USA) 4.90, 17 Jim Furyk (USA) 4.74, 18 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 4.73, 19 Keegan Bradley (USA) 4.60, 20 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 4.39