PGA Tour

Oosthuizen cracks Top 20 in world rankings

Louis Oosthuizen (AP)
Louis Oosthuizen (AP)

Cape Town - SA's top-ranked golfer Louis Oosthuizen has cracked the Top 20 on the world golf rankings following his finish at the Valspar Championship this past weekend.

The 36-year-old carded a final round of 2-under 69 to finish tied for second on 7-under for the tournament alongside American Jason Kokrak.

Oosthuizen, whose only PGA Tour win came at the 2010 Open Championship, finished a stroke adrift from eventual winner Paul Casey of England.

Oosthuizen cashed in on $589 600 (R8.5 million) for his efforts this past weekend and also moved up to 61st on the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings.

He collected his second top-five finish in his seventh start of the 2018/19 season, which included a tied for 5th at the CIMB Classic.

His runner-up finish saw Oosthuizen move up seven places to sit 20th on the world golf rankings.

SEE: Rankings: Top 20 - SA

Meanwhile, 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, who missed the cut this past weekend in Florida, dropped to 100th on the world golf rankings.

Justin Harding, who is on a quest to qualify for next month's Masters, dropped one spot down to 49th.

This week sees the world's top 64 golfers compete in the World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies Match Play, which gets underway on Wednesday.

World top 20:

1. Dustin Johnson (USA) 9.84 average pts

2. Justin Rose (ENG) 9.48

3. Brooks Koepka (USA) 8.61

4. Rory McIlroy (NIR) 8.46

5. Justin Thomas (USA) 8.38

6. Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 7.40

7. Francesco Molinari (ITA) 6.67

8. Jon Rahm (ESP) 5.98 (+2)

9. Xander Schauffele (USA) 5.95

10. Rickie Fowler (USA) 5.94 (-2)

11. Paul Casey (ENG) 5.55 (+4)

12. Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 5.22 (-1)

13. Jason Day (AUS) 5.17 (-1)

14. Tiger Woods (USA)  5.07 (-1)

15. Tony Finau (USA) 4.98 (-1)

16. Bubba Watson (USA) 4.64 (+1)

17. Patrick Reed (USA) 4.45 (-1)

18. Marc Leishman (AUS) 4.22

19. Patrick Cantlay (USA) 4.14

20. Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 4.04 (+7)

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