Thanks to the icy weather in the Arizona Desert which forced a Monday finish at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Thomas Aiken was forced to wait an extra day to find out whether he had cracked the nod into the top-100 of the world ranking. And the result was well worth that wait.
Aiken began the year ranked 138th but after only missing one cut on the European Tour so far this season at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, and finishing in the top-20 in the other five starts of the season including his tie for sixth at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters last week, he has finally climbed into the elite at 97th in the world this week.
Aiken is yet to win a tournament on the European Tour but after many close calls in the last year, it is only a matter of time before he gets to plant his lips on one of the coveted trophies in Europe, and also finally gets to trim his long, dark locks on his head.
JbeÂ Kruger was also gifted four spots this week moving from 123rd into the top-120 at 119th and this was without playing any tournament golf last week.
He will however be teeing it up at this weekÂs lucrative Omega Dubai Desert Classic where big points will be up for offer due to Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, and Tiger Woods all taking part.
Another mover up the rankings, albeit one spot, was Rory Sabbatini who went from 110th to 109th after finishing tied for 22nd at the Phoenix Open. He was one of the fortunate few to actually finish on the Sunday afternoon.