Haindl moving up in the world

8th October 2018 | Sunshine Tour

Haindl moving up in the world

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Haindl moving up in the world

As Alex Haindl underlined his 2018 consistency on the Sunshine Tour with a come-from-behind one-stroke victory over Jake Roos and Neil Schietekat in the Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament at St Francis Links two weeks ago, his world ranking maintains an upward trajectory.

He carded a final round of five-under-par 67 to finish on 12-under for the 54-hole tournament, moving from 275 to World number 245, his highest ranking ever. And while he didn’t play any competitive golf last week when the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship was on at St. Andrews, Scotland, he was able to move up a further eight spaces to occupy 237th in the world.

With a few more tournaments in the regular season, coupled with some events co-sanctioned with the European Tour and Asian Tour still on the horizon, Haindl will know that solid results may well see him inside the top 100 by the end of the season, a possibility he will be relishing.

From the players who were active last week, however, it was Brandon Stone who was among the upward movers on the official world golf ranking. He was 105th last week but after his eight-under-par 280 finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship which put him in a 10-man share of the 10th position, the reigning Scottish Open champion has moved up six spaces to occupy 99th.

Enjoying his best season and best official world ranking position ever, Justin Harding continued his Asian fairytale with a top 10 finish last week in the Yeangder TPC at Linkou International Golf and Country Club.

He is now the fifth highest ranking South African, lying 93rd in the world, 23 spaces behind Dylan Frittelli and six spaces above Stone while also moving to sixth on the Habitat for Humanity standings on the Asian Tour after seven events there. He still sits at the summit of the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit and he’s followed by Haindl.

There was no movement for Louis Oosthuizen who sits 36th while Branden Grace dropped by one spot to occupy 46th. Charl Schwartzel dropped from 62 to 65 and Frittelli dropped from 69th to 70th this week to sum up the movements of the South African players in the top 100 in the world.

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