Charl into world’s top 10

It all seemed a little ordinary for Charl Schwartzel as he bowed out of the Volvo World Match Play Championship at Finca Cortesin Golf Club in Andalucia, Spain at the quarter-final stage.

But he picked up enough points from his performance – a share of fifth behind champion Ian Poulter after he went down by one hole to Ross Fisher – to bound up the Official World Golf Rankings into seventh position as he climbed from his previous 12th with Tiger Woods slipping into that place outside the top 10.

So Schwartzel has been able to keep the inevitable post-major blues at bay successfully enough to probably feel a wave of confidence ahead of the second major of the year when the US Open gets underway in just over three weeks.

His elevation to the top 10 – and in such a symbolic swopping of positions – seems to confirm the arrival on the world stage of a new generation of superstars as Woods slid outside the top 10 for the first time since 1997.

Schwartzel has this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth – the European Tour’s flagship event – in which to hone his game further ahead of the challenge that Congressional will pose in the US Open.

And he has five of the six players ahead of him in the world rankings playing at Wentworth against whom he can gauge his game: Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy are all in the field.

Of those, only Donald and Kaymer finished better than he did in the Match Play, with Donald losing to Poulter in the final and Kaymer falling to Donald in the semi-final.

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