The Mercury

Higgo just one short of the top 50

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GARRICK Higgo stole the headlines with his third European Tour title at the weekend, and he marched to within one of the world’s top 50 as he climbed to 51st in the latest Official World Golf Ranking list.

Finishing in a share of fourth behind Higgo after a victory of his won last week, Dean Burmester climbed to 93rd on the rankings, up from 107th last week, taking the number of South Africans inside the top 100 to 10.

There are 17 players from this country inside the top 200, and 26 inside the top 300, and incredible feat for such a small nation – small relative to the golfing giants of the world.

Higgo climbed 15 places from last week’s 66th to justifiabl­y attract internatio­nal attention as possibly the hottest golfer on the planet right now. “It’s unreal,” said Higgo. “I can’t believe it has happened so quickly again, but my game has been good so I can believe it as well.

“I have been working really hard on a lot of little things and I have also accepted what works for me and kind of stuck with that.

“I think that has been a big thing. If I don’t play as well, I don’t look for something.”

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