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SA's Bezuidenhout, Grace continue to climb back up world golf rankings

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After his second PGA Tour title triumph in Puerto Rico, South Africa's Branden Grace performed solidly on the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational to continue his climb back up the Official World Golf Ranking.

He finished in a share of 34th at Bay Hill this past weekend after a poor start left him with plenty of work to do. Any possibility of final-round fireworks was negated by tough winds making scoring difficult.

His performance saw him improve by eight places in the rankings to 75th.

Grace has got his work cut out for him if he is to make it into the Masters field as the Top 50 automatically qualify.

He'll be playing in this week's Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass - popularly known as the 'fifth major' among the pros - and will be looking to put in another good performance and continue on his upward trend.

Meanwhile, Christiaan Bezuidenhout was the best South African performer at Bay Hill with his seventh-place finish, which saw him climb three places back to his career-high of 34.

Also up in the rankings were George Coetzee and Brandon Stone even though they were inactive last week. But they will both be in action in Qatar this week as the European Tour gets back into action after a break.

Garrick Higgo, Shaun Norris and Daniel van Tonder were all marginally down, while South Africa's top player, Louis Oosthuizen, remained unchanged in 22nd spot. Also unchanged were Erik van Rooyen and Dylan Frittelli.

South Africa's Top 10:

1. Louis Oosthuizen 22 (unchanged)

2. Christiaan Bezuidenhout 34 (up 3)

3. Erik van Rooyen 63 (unchanged)

4. Dylan Frittelli 68 (unchanged)

5. Branden Grace 75 (up 8)

6. George Coetzee 79 (up 3)

7. Brandon Stone 103 (up 1)

8. Garrick Higgo 107 (down 1)

9. Shaun Norris 112 (down 4)

10. Daniel van Tonder 158 (down 2)


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