TOMMY FLEETWOOD continues to hit new heights on the 2013 European Tour.
The Southport golfer has climbed to a career-best 41st place in the overall Race to Dubai rankings after another impressive performance in South Africa.
The 22 years-old finished in a share of 14th at the Joburg Open. In a low-scoring event, Fleetwood beat 70 on all four days with scores of 68 66 69 and 69 giving him a 15 under par total and 18,785 euros.
Fleetwood needed nearly 204,000 euros to keep his card for 2013 – with a sixth place finish at the SA Open Championship in November making all the difference. He has already totted up nearly 74,000 in prize money from five starts.
There was an encouraging return, too, for Paul Waring. The Bromborough golfer is playing on a medical exemption after a serious hand injury, but finished a shot behind Fleetwood in a share of 16th after rounds of 71 67 67 68.
He is now 111th on the Race to Dubai, one spot outside those who will automatically keep their cards for 2014.
Lee Slattery, too, was once again in the prize money in 19th on 13 under. But there was disappointment for Southport’s Matthew Baldwin, who missed his fourth cut of the season, while Nick Dougherty also did not make the weekend.