Oosthuizen is big rankings mover

Ernie Els is the new World No 7, but the week’s big mover in the rankings is fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen.

Ernie Els has replaced German Martin Kaymer at number seven, but the week’s big mover on the World Ranking list is fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen.

Oosthuizen rocketed from 68th to 44th place on the strength of his maiden European Tour triumph at the Andalucia Open in Spain on Sunday.

It was the most important victory of Oosthuizen’s career and almost certainly the most vital because his move into the top 50 on the rankings list came just in time to earn him a coveted spot at the Masters in just under two weeks’ time.

For Kevin Na, who finished two shots behind Els in joint second place with former US Amateur champion Edoardo Molinari at the prestigious Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill on Sunday, his performance was also crucial.

It bumped Australia’s beleaguered Adam Scott, a one-time World No 3, into 51st place while promoting Na, a US-based Korean, to 50th which of course also squeezed him into the year’s first major at Augusta National.

In general it was an excellent weekend for Italy’s Molinari brothers, who this weekend found themselves having to seal their professional Masters debuts on either side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Edoardo went to 36th place in the Rankings in the USA with his Bay Hill heroics and Francesco moved up to 42nd place via his tie for 4th at the Andalucia Open in Spain.

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