JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s Ernie Els rose 103 spots in the world rankings to 424th following his 12th place finish in the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday.
The former world number-one Els was one shot off the lead at the halfway stage after rounds of 68 and 65. On the weekend, however, the four-time Major champion could only manage scores of 70 and 71 for a 14-under total. American Bryson Dechambeau won by seven shots on 24-under.
For the 49-year-old Els who now plays a limited schedule on the European Tour, it was just his second top-15 finish in the last four seasons.
In contrast, countryman Justin Harding finished strongly with a scintillating final round nine-under 63 to end on 15-under in a share of seventh. It marked Harding’s first million rand payday on the European Tour with his R1 030 532 cheque.
The 32-year-old also moved up seven spots to a career-high 80th in the world rankings following his strong play.
African News Agency (ANA)