Sunday 19 November 2017

Ryder heroes on top of world

Charl Schwartzel and Sergio Garcia end the year 14th and 16th in the world respectively after their weekend wins in South Africa and Malaysia. Schwartzel followed an 11-shot victory at the Thailand Championship with a 12-stroke triumph at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Garcia shot a closing 61 to take the Johor Iskandar Open by three, a performance which means eight of Europe's Ryder Cup side in Chicago have lifted trophies since that memorable week in September.

Three of them – Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Justin Rose – finish 2012 in the world's top four and there are 19 Europeans in the leading 50.

Dane Thorbjorn Olesen held on to 50th spot by 0.01 ranking points from Australian Geoff Ogilvy and so earns himself a US Masters debut next April

Irish Independent

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