LIV Golf star enjoys shock world ranking rise

LIV Golf’s Branden Grace has risen in the Official World Golf Rankings this week despite not accumulating any further points.

The South African finished T-10 at LIV Golf Tuscon at the weekend alongside Matthew Wolff and Peter Uihlein.

And despite it being well-documented that LIV events currently don’t receive world ranking points, Grace rose three positions in the OWGR.

The 34-year-old has moved from 221st to 218th, and now sits just one place below PGA Tour regular Harry Hall.

But how has Grace managed to rise in the rankings despite not playing in a OWGR recognised event since February’s International Series Oman?

This is because the OWGR operates on a complex rolling system where ranking points retain their complete value for 13 weeks before slowly decreasing in increments over the following 91 weeks.

As a result, Grace’s position improved despite his non-participation in a ranking tournament, while the players surrounding him in the OWGR experienced a reduction in their respective points tallies.

This isn’t the first time in recent weeks that a LIV Golfer has managed to improve their world ranking.

More recently, American Harold Varner III returned to the world’s top 50 in a similar situation.

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