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Hendry rockets up world rankings

Published: 9:29AM Tuesday July 06, 2010 Source: NZPA

New Zealand golfer Michael Hendry has climbed nearly 300 spots on the world golf rankings after his big victory in the Indonesian Open at the weekend.

Hendry rocketed from a ranking of 741 a week ago to 445 on the latest list released today, after his seven-stroke victory, which saw him pocket $US180,000 ($NZ244,724).

The former New Zealand under-19 cricket representative only turned professional six years ago and hit a rich vein of form in recent weeks, including victory in the Fiji Open.

Japan-based David Smail was the best-ranked New Zealander at 178th, with Danny Lee 258th and Tim Wilkinson 356th.

Hendry was ranked amid a cluster of New Zealanders including Europe-based Mark Brown (439), US-based Brad Iles (441) and Canada-based Josh Geary (448).

Former US Open champion Michael Campbell, who earned his first pay cheque in nine months after making the cut at the French Open at the weekend, was 795th on the latest list.