Weekly Golf Wrap Up

Written by kobus. Posted in Golf

Published on August 23, 2011 with No Comments

One of the major reasons Up and Under was created was to provide our readers with up to date sports news. That is why we have decided to give you a weekly wrap up of International golf news. Golf is a game which is not as popular to watch on television as Rugby or Soccer for instance but it is played by millions of people around the world. With the weekly wrap up, you will find the current world rankings, each week’s tournament results as well as the results specifically aiming at SA players.

The SA players who play abroad mainly play in 2 leagues namely the European Tour, and the US tour. These are the top financially rewarding tours for any professional golf player.

What makes the European tour much more exciting is the players compete for a prize event which takes place at the end of the year, namely “Dubai World Championship”. This event has a total price money of $ 7.5 million and will consist of the 15 highest earning players for that year. South Africans must know that the South African Open which takes place in late November is also part of the European tour.

Having said that, let’s look at the current top 15 earned players for the Race to Dubai:

Rank Player Name Nat Tournaments Played Prize Money
1 Luke Donald Eng 10 € 3,778,199
2 Charl Schwartzel RSA 15 € 2,023,252
3 Rory Mcilroy NIR 13 € 1,935,461
4 Lee Westwood ENG 14 € 1,777,431
5 Martin Kaymer GER 15 € 1,650,895
6 Anders Hansen DEN 17 € 1,588,340
7 Darren Clarke NIR 18 € 1,332,960
8 Alexander Noren SWE 20 € 974,702
9 Simon Dyson ENG 20 € 950,080
10 Alvaro Quiros ESP 16 € 879,937
11 Jimenez Miguel Angel ESP 20 € 852,747
12 Nicolas Colsaerts BEL 14 € 839,071
13 Pablo Larrazabal ESP 22 € 820,400
14 Ian Poulter ENG 20 € 805,369
15 Thomas Bjorn DEN 15 € 781,486
Luke Donald is currently the top earner for 2011


Note that South African Charl Schwartzel is sitting on 2nd with a prize money of over € 2 million! Thomas Aiken and Retief Goosen is on 16th and 23rd respectively.Below is a summary of the SA players who are in the top 50:

Rank Player Earnings
2 Charl Swartzel € 2,023,252
18 Thomas Aiken € 720,681
23 Retief Goosen € 667,051
28 Louis Oosthuizen € 578,623
37 George Coetzee € 482,142
38 Ernie Els € 457,163

Charl Schartzel is currently the leading SA player in earnings and rankings


Last week the European Tour only had 1 tournament namely the Czech Open. The Czech Open was won by Oliver Fisher (Eng) and the top SA player was Keith Horne which was 23rd.


Current top 5 ranked players:

Rank Player Country
1 Luke Donald ENG
2 Lee Westwood ENG
3 Steve Stricker USA
4 Martin Kaymer GER
5 Rory Mcilroy GER

Needless to say Charl Schwartsel is South Africa’s best ranked player, on 11th!  Every Monday new rankings are calculated so we will keep you up to date of all the important changes.Hopefully this weekly wrap up will keep our readers up to date with the latest Golf events and scores around the world! The next tournament is Thursday 25th of August Johnnie Walker Championship in Prthishire Scotland. The total prize money is £ 1.4 million so it should be full of quality players. Be sure to check next week’s post for the results!


Source: European Tour

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