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Grace soars 15 places in the World Rankings

 

After a relatively quiet 2017, Branden Grace regained many of the rungs he had lost on the World Ranking ladder when he won the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City's Gary Player Country Club on Sunday.

The 29-year-old South African fired a standout closing 66 to came from three shots back at the start of the day and beat overnight leader Scott Jamieson of Scotland by a shot and halfway leader Victor Dubuisson of France by two.

And on the strength of this final day heroics, he has climbed 15 places from No 44 to No 29 on the latest World Ranking list released on Monday - easily the biggest gain made by any of the Top 30 in the rankings.

The next biggest ranking gain among the World's elite 30 was made by colourful American Rickie Fowler who was forced to accept his 12th runner-up spot in a US PGA Tour event at the OHL Classic in Mexica.

He climbed

The event was won by Patton Kizzire, a 31-year-old American outsider who rocketed 117 places from 236 to 119th.

LATEST WORLD RANKINGS: TOP 30
(See under current position; position last week, player, country, points)

1 1 Dustin Johnson (USA) 11.7571
2 2 Jordan Spieth (USA) 9.9025
3 3 Justin Thomas (USA) 8.9954
4 4 Hideki Matsuyama (JAP) 8.5988
5 5 Jon Rahm (ESP) 7.4674
6 6 Justin Rose (ENG) 7.4618
7 10 Rickie Fowler (USA) 6.5401
8 8 Rory McIlroy (NIR) 6.4624
9 9 Henrik Stenson (SWE) 6.4202
10 7 Brooks Koepka (ESP) 6.3892
11 11 Sergio Garcia (ESP) 6.0582
12 12 Jason Day (AUS) 5.8958
13 13 Marc Leishman (AUS) 5.4354
14 15 Paul Casey (ENG) 5.2564
15 14 Matt Kuchar (ESP) 5.1722
13 13 Marc Leishman (AUS) 5.4354
14 15 Paul Casey (ENG) 5.2564
15 14 Matt Kuchar (ESP) 5.1722
16 16 Alex Noren (SWE) 4.9278
17 17 Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 4.7907
18 18 Pat Perez (ESP) 4.5505
19 19 Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 4.4652
20 20 Rafael Cabrera Bello (ESP) 4.2057
21 21 Francesco Molinari (ITA) 4.0579
22 23 Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 3.9562
23 22 Patrick Reed (USA) 3.8020
24 24 Charley Hoffman (USA) 3.6386
25 25 Daniel Berger (USA) 3.5924
26 27 Kevin Kisner (USA) 3.5440
27 26 Brian Harman (USA) 3.5025
28 28 Adam Scott (AUS) 3.5023
29 44 Branden Grace (RSA) 3.4727
30 29 Xander Schauffele (USA) 3.3769.

NOTE: For all the latest World Rankings go http://www.owgr.com/ranking.

Neville Leck

Written by neville@golfweather.com.