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Golf Course News April 2004

Quinta de Cima
Thu, 1st Apr 2004
The 'Mens and Ladies Portuguese International Amateur Match-Play Championships' were held from 10th to 14th March on the new Quinta de Cima course just east of Tavira. Gillian O'Leary from Ireland defeated Scottish girl Liz McKinnon in the Ladies' final by 5 and 4. 20-year-old Gillian is a member of Cork GC and represented Ireland in the under-21's in Moscow in 2001.

International Golf News April 2004

Thu, 1st Apr 2004
Todd Hamilton claimed his first TOUR victory as he birdied the final two holes to win the Honda Classic at the Mirasol Country Club in Florida. Hamilton, who won four times on the Japan Golf Tour last year moved up 58 positions and into the Top-50 at No.38. Runner-up Davis Love III finished one shot back and despite closing the World Ranking gap between himself and Ernie Els, Davis remains at World No.4. Chad Campbell rallied from a 4-shot deficit to overcome Stuart Appleby and win the Bay Hill Invitational at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Florida. Chad Campbell moved up 5 places to become 58th player ever in the history of the World Ranking to hold a position within the World Top-10. Darren Clarke maintained his lead at the top of the European Ryder Cup World Points List but slipped down one place in the World Rankings to No.14 despite finishing as the top-European in Orlando. Tiger Woods finishing T-46 at Bay Hill, but neither World No.2 Vijay Singh (T-31) nor World No.3 Ernie Els took full advantage of Tiger’s worst finish in 5 years. The gap at the top of the World Ranking is however reduced by 0.41 points to 3.70. Todd Hamilton claimed his first Tour victory as he birdied the final two holes to win the Honda Classic at the Mirasol Country Club in Florida. Hamilton, who won four times on the Japan Golf Tour last year moved up 58 positions and into the Top-50 at No.38. Runner-up Davis Love III finished one shot back and despite closing the World Ranking gap between himself and Ernie Els, Davis remains at World No.4. Chad Campbell rallied from a 4-shot deficit to overcome Stuart Appleby and win the Bay Hill Invitational at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Florida. Campbell moved up 5 places to become 58th player ever in the history of the World Ranking to hold a position within the World Top 10. Darren Clarke maintained his lead at the top of the European Ryder Cup World Points List but slipped down one place in the World Rankings to No.14 despite finishing as the top-European in Orlando. Tiger Woods finishing T46 at Bay Hill, but neither World No.2 Vijay Singh (T-31) nor World No.3 Ernie Els took full advantage of Tiger Woods's worst finish in 5 years. The gap at the top of the World Ranking is however reduced by 0.41 points to 3.70. Australian Adam Scott fired a final-round 70 to beat Irishman Padraig Harrington by one shot and capture The Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The victory was worth $1.44 million to the youngest ever winner of The Players Championship and the 23-year-old moved up 6 positions to No.12. Padraig Harrington, who started the final round tied for 12th place, charged through the field thanks to an outstanding back nine of six under par 30 and he moved back into the Top 10 at No.8. Of the three players tied for third; Phil Mickelson moves to World No.10, Kenny Perry up 1 place to World No.11 and Frank Lickliter III moves up 42 places into the World Top 100 at No.76. On the European Tour this week, Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez climbed to the top of the Volvo Order of Merit and moved to World No.37 and he is now the sixth highest ranked European in the world after Harrington (7), Clarke (14), Jacobson (19), Bjorn (24) and Casey (28).

Golfers in the News April 2004

Thu, 1st Apr 2004
Mark O'Meara - (USA) Dubai Desert Classic Emirates - Dubai - United Arab Emirates - 4th to 7th March, 2004 American golfer Mark O'Meara won the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour beating Irishman Paul McGinley by one stroke. A further three strokes behind were Ernie Els and David Howell.
Thu, 1st Apr 2004
Joakim Haggman - (Sweden) Qatar Masters Doha - Qatar - 11th to 14th March, 2004 Joakim Haeggman captured his third European Tour title and his first in seven years as he fired a closing 65 to win the Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club. Joaquim Haeggman, the first Swedish golfer to compete in the Ryder Cup, moved up exactly 100 positions to No.123 that week in World Golf Ranking and became the 10th highest ranked Swedish golfer in the world. Nobuhito Sato from Japan finished as the outright runner-up and improved 41 spots to World No.143.
Thu, 1st Apr 2004
Colin Montgomerie - (Scotland) Caltex Masters Singapore 2004 Laguna National - Tampines - Singapore - 18th to 21st March, 2004 Scottish golfer Colin Montgomerie Singapore Masters on the European Tour by three strokes from Gregory Hanrahan from the USA. A further two strokes back were Australian Nick O'Hern and Jyoti Randhawa from India.
Thu, 1st Apr 2004
Christopher Hanell - (Sweden) Madeira Island Open Santo da Serra - Madeira - Portugal - 25th to 28th March, 2004 Swedish golfer Christopher Hanell won the Madeira Island Open on the European Tour by one stroke from a group of three other players. His fellow countryman Steven Jeppesen, Brad Kennedy from Australia and Rob Rashall from the USA.

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