George could have scheduling dilemma

George Coetzee has a tough couple of days ahead of him as his position on the Official World Golf Rankings soared to 66th after the weekend.

Coetzee, who had a share of fifth in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic behind winner Rafael Cabrera-Bello, saw his world ranking jump 11 places to 66th, and he is now the next man in to the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play.

The reason that makes thing tough for him is because the $8.5-million WGC event in Arizona clashes with the Sunshine Tour’s Telkom PGA Championship – an event in which he is defending champion.

So, should there be another withdrawal from the Match Play – Phil Mickelson’s absence from the event has thrown world number 65 Ernie Els a lifeline – Coetzee might have to make the difficult choice between the big money up for grabs in the US and the prestige of one of the oldest and most important events on the South African calendar.

Coetzee closed with a two-under-par 70 at the Emirates Golf Club on Sunday, and finished four shots behind Cabrera-Bello after his only bogey of the final round – on the 16th – slowed his progress through the field and spoiled any chance he had of pulling off his maiden European Tour win.

He will have to weigh up travel options too – it’s not as if he can make last-minute decisions to get halfway around the world should it become clear he won’t be playing in Arizona.

That may affect his appearance in this week’s Dimension Data Pro-Am at Fancourt, an event in which he came third last year, and could have won had he not had a tough closing round of 74 behind eventual winner Hennie Otto.

Coetzee’s performance in Dubai was the best of the South Africans in the field. Jbe’ Kruger closed with a 69 for a share of 28th, Richard Sterne finished in 37th, James Kingston in 42nd and Branden Grace was 51st. Jaco van Zyl and Keith Horne missed the cut.

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