SA golfers feature poorly on the world rankings

2009-09-09 00:00

THE official World Golf Rankings show that our South African golfers are no longer as highly rated as they have been in the past. We have only four golfers in the top 50 and they are Retief Goosen 19th, Ernie Els 20th, Tim Clark 36th and Rory Sabbatini 41st. Even worse is that there are only another four in the top 100 and they are Trevor Immelman 60th, Charl Schwartzel 81th, Louis Oosthuizen 82 and Richard Sterne 91th.

We have seen in recent weeks, both Ernie and Retief featuring on the leader boards but neither has won. Ernie finished second two weeks ago which improved his ranking by five places. Winning a tournament counts for a lot of points and this will obviously propel a player up the rankings.

It is always interesting to compare the number of golfers from other countries in the top 50. The United States has 18, England six, Spain four, Australia three.

The rankings are becoming very important at this time because of the Presidents Cup to be played at Harding Park Golf Club in San Francisco in early October this year. The respective captains, Greg Norman (Internationals) and Fred Couples (USA) will be watching the players’ form and rankings with interest because the teams will be selected shortly. The rankings decide the top 10 with two others selected by the Captains. (Captain’s pick as they call it) The Presidents Cup is played between the USA and the Internationals, the latter comprising of players from outside Europe. The International team will most probably be made up of players from South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Fiji, Japan and South Korea.

South Africa should have its top four players playing in the Presidents Cup but we will have to wait and see what Captain Norman decides.

Last weekends results:

Victoria Country Club held their Spring Meat Challenge on Saturday, a 4 ball alliance competition. The winning combination on 49 points were P. Claasens, B. Fourie, H. Keeton and R. Davis. In second place with 48 points were B. Meredith, K. Ferguson, B. Syder and D. Marx.

The Bedstore Monthly Mug was played at Maritzburg Golf Club on Saturday. The winner of the A division was R. Nel with a score of 67 net, second was Russell Cumming with 69 net. The B division was won on a count-out by D. Schorn with 68 net and second was T. Engelbrecht. The C division was won by E. Johnson on net 71. In second place on a count-out was P. Hansen on net 72. The Captains Putter was won by C. Mitchell on net 98.

From the 19th hole:

The playboy of the golf club was complaining to his playing companions after a round of golf. He said, “I received a letter from an irate husband who threatened to kill me if I continued to have an affair with his wife.” One of the golfers said, “So why don’t you just stop?”

“It’s not that easy” he replied, “He didn’t sign his name.”

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