South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel returned to one of his favorite places in the golf world on the weekend, and the resulting, and somewhat predictable, victory has vaulted him back into the Top Ten of Razzball.com’s Fantasy Golf Rankings.
The 31-year old from Johannesburg won his fourth Alfred Dunhill Championship and his 10th European Tour title on Sunday with a 4-shot victory over France’s Gregory Bourdy. Schwartzel’s previous wins in the event came in 2004, 2012 and 2013. He’s finished in the top two in the tournament eight of the 12 years it’s been played at the Leopard Creek Country Club.
The win moved the 2011 Masters Champion into 8th place in the weekly Fantasy Golf Rankings, up from 26th place the previous week. It was also Schwartzel’s second consecutive top five finish after his T4 at the DP World Tour Championships in Dubai the previous week.
Other Big Movers
Jordan Spieth, the number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), also made a significant move, jumping from 13 to number five after his runner-up finish at the Emirates Australian Open. The reigning Masters and U.S. Open champion will try to keep the momentum going, heading into the Christmas break, when he competes at the Hero World Challenge this week in the Bahamas.
Other big movers within the Top 20 included Schwartzel’s countryman, Brendan Grace, who used an 8th place showing in South Africa to move up three spots from 10th to seventh. At the bottom of the 20, two Australians also made big jumps. Former world number one, Adam Scott, moved back into the Top 10 in the world rankings and exploded 66 to 19 in the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, after his T2 at the Australian Open. Tournament champion Matt Jones made an even bigger leap, moving up an incredible 132 spots to land at #20 in the weekly rankings.
McIlroy Remains on Top
At the top of the rankings, World #3, Rory McIlroy, remains number one with 2658 points, almost 400 points more than American Patrick Reed, who remains second on the listing. Scotland’s Russell Knox, who moves up one spot to number three, and American Kevin Kisner, who goes from fifth to #4, round about the top five.
The Rankings Methodology
Razzball’s Fantasy Golf Rankings are compiled using a rolling 10-tournament window from both the PGA and European Tours, and other key world-wide events, with the most recent events weighted more heavily. Bonus points are awarded for top tier events like the FedEx Cup Playoffs, European Tour Championship and World Golf Championships, with the most points up for grabs during the four majors and the Players Championship.
The rankings are published every week during the, now never-ending, golf season.
This Week’s Top 20