NZ's Hendry climbs golf rankings after PGA win

NICOLA ABERCROMBIE
Last updated 10:23 03/04/2012
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WINNING STROKE: Kiwi Michael Hendry held his nerve on the back nine to win the inaugural New Zealand PGA Pro-Am by a stroke at The Hill course near Queenstown.

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New Zealand PGA Pro-Am winner Michael Hendry has climbed 169 places in the world golf rankings after his narrow victory in Queenstown.

The 32-year-old, who carded a four under par 68 in the final round at The Hills, to win by two shots from Australian Andrew Martin and compatriot Mark Brown, jumped from 592 to 423 to become third highest ranked Kiwi behind Danny Lee and David Smail.

Brown, who has a career high ranking of 67 in the world, has moved up 49 places to 533 in the world after his joint runner-up finish and is now the New Zealand No 6.

Lee consolidated his position as the Kiwi No 1 with a 36th place finish at the Houston Open, moving up five places to No 160 in the world.

New Zealand No 2 David Smail has dropped 13 places to No 336 after a disappointing 34th at the Pro-Am.

Josh Geary, who missed the cut at the Pro-Am, and Gareth Paddison, who finished tied 47th complete the New Zealand top five.

Top 10 New Zealand professionals in the official world golf rankings

160 Danny Lee

336 David Smail

423 Michael Hendry

467 Josh Geary 

509 Gareth Paddison

533 Mark Brown

578 Tim Wilkinson

652 Michael Long

797 Michael Campbell

832 Steven Alker

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