30th January 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Upwards and onwards for Norris in Asia
Shaun Norris, who won the 2016 Leopalace21 Mynmar Open, finished this year’s event in a share of fifth place to continue his superb start to 2018 in Asia.
The two-time winner on the Sunshine Tour – the Africa Open in 2008 and Nashua Masters in 2011 – climbed up to 102 this week on the Official World Golf Ranking from his 111th spot last week.
This comes after the 35-year-old Norris finished nine-under-par, four shots behind the winner Paul Peterson, 29, who is an American, during the US$750,000 tournament on Sunday.
Norris made 17 birdies, six bogeys, and one double-bogey in rounds of 67-70-69-69, and his finish left him in second place behind Peterson after two events on the 2018 Asia Tour Order of Merit.
Norris earlier finished in a share of second in the SMBC Singapore Open, also on nine-under-par, five shots behind the champion Sergio Garcia a week earlier.
Norris will be in action this week in Malaysia in the Maybank Championship, a tournament co-sanctioned with the European Tour.
The other Sunshine Tour player who did well in Myanmar was Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe, who finished in a share of 10th at seven-under-par, six shots behind the winner. Keith Horne finished well out of contention in 60th place at six-over-par.
Other South Africans in top 50 of the rankings are Branden Grace who moved up to 27th from 29th, Louis Oosthuizen who dropped from 25th last week to 29th spot, Charl Schwartzel who dropped down to 38 from 35, Dylan Frittelli who is now up at 47th from 51.