Take Solutions Masters champ Viraj Madappa jumps 1101 spots in golf rankings

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New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) Indian golfer Viraj Madappa, who won the Take Solutions Masters title last weekend in Bengaluru, has jumped from 1561st rank to be 460th in the world rankings, which were announced on Monday.

Madappa became the record youngest Indian, at the age of 20 years and nine months, to win on the Asian Tour as he claimed a two-shot victory at the Take Solutions Masters.

That win has catapulted him inside the top-500 rankings for the first time in his career.

The Bengaluru event also proved beneficial for Khalin Joshi and S.S.P. Chawrassia. Khalin, who finished tied sixth, jumped 48 places to be 376th. Chawrasia, who also finished sixth in Bengaluru, vaulted 33 places to be 380th.

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However, Shubhankar Sharma and Anirban Lahiri dropped four places each to be ranked 92nd and 97th respectively after failing to make the weekend cut in the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Championship — which resulted in their losing ground.

The third highest ranked Indian, Gaganjeet Bhullar, dropped three places to be 117th, while Ajeetesh Sandhu moved down two places to be at the 230th spot.

Shiv Kapur maintained his 232nd rank, while Rahil Gangjee dropped two places to be 328th.

Meanwhile, United States’ Dustin Johnson maintained the No.1 spot, while his compatriot Brooks Koepka climbed two spots to world No.2 after his victory at the PGA Championship on Sunday, dropping his countryman Justin Thomas to the next spot, reports Efe.

Having finished fourth in the same tournament, Spain’s Jon Rahm jumped to the fifth place, replacing Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, who dropped to world No.7.

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US’ Tiger Woods, meanwhile, jumped from world No.51 to the 26th, thanks to his second-place showing at the PGA Championship in Town and Country, Missouri.

Further down in the rankings, Adam Scott of Australia rocketed 31 places to 45th after finishing third on Sunday, while former world No.99 Stewart Cink of the US was elevated to world No.70 after his fourth-place finish at the PGA Championship.

–IANS

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