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International Golf News April 2011

Fri, 1st Apr 2011
South Africa's Rory Sabbatini won his sixth PGA Tour title at the Honda Classic in Florida by a single stroke from Korean YE Yang. Five clear at the start of the final round, Sabbatini held the same lead after eight holes, but then he saw it being cut to one after the 15. A birdie on the 16th followed by a glorious tee shot on 17, just before a weather delay, proved to be the keys moments. Yang birdied the 18th from a green side bunker but Sabbatini's' solid par proved sufficient for a one stroke win and with it a place in the Golf Championship and the Masters Tournament. Sabbatini climbs 50 places to 52nd in the World Golf Ranking. Brenden Pappas, also of South Africa, was declared the winner of the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open Sunday when lightning cancelled the third round and forced the Nationwide Tour to enter the tournament as a 36-hole event in its record book. The 40-year-old Pappas posted rounds of 67-66--133 (-9) for his first two rounds at the Bogota Country Club. Brenden Pappas' group had played three holes before players were pulled off the golf course for the last time just before 2 p.m. The win takes Brenden Pappas to World Nº 518, a jump of exactly 400 places. Scotland's Martin Laird won the Arnold Palmer Invitational by a single shot at Bay Hill. Laird started the final day two shots ahead but this challenge looked threatened when he found the water en route to a double bogey at the 11th, putting him to five over par for the day. But birdies on 12, 15 and 16, an up and down par on 17 and a brave two-putt at the last saw him hold off Steve Marino by one stroke to win at eight under par. The win and his second PGA Tour win, took Laird to a career high of 21st in the World Ranking and a jump of 19 places.

Golfers in the News April 2011

Fri, 1st Apr 2011
Nick Watney - (USA) WGC - Cadillac Championship Doral - Florida - USA - 10th to 13th March, 2011 Nick Watney finished two strokes ahead of fellow American Dustin Johnson to win the WGC-Cadillac Championship at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral in Miami. In the second of this season's WGC events Watney closed with a brilliant birdie for a five under par 67 and an aggregate of 272, 16 under par. Joint third on 13 under par were Dane Anders Hansen and Italian Francesco Molinari. This is Watney's' third PGA Tour win, following those in 2007 and 2009 and moved Watney to a career high of 15th in the World Ranking, a jump of 16 places.
Fri, 1st Apr 2011
Raphael Jacquelin - (France) Sicilian Open Donnafugata - Ragusa - Sicily - Italy - 17th to 20th March, 2011 Raphael Jacquelin held off a spirited challenge from Anthony Wall to win his third European Tour title at the Sicilian Open. A two-and-a-half hour delay for dangerous weather conditions on Sunday forced a Monday finish at Donnafugata Golf Resort, with the leading pair resuming with just one shot separating them and six holes to play. Wall twice wiped out the deficit, only to find water at the penultimate hole and run up a double bogey as 36 year old Jacquelin walked away with the €166,660 first prize. Jacquelin climbed 82 places to be World 84th in the Rankings.
Fri, 1st Apr 2011
Paul Lawrie - (Scotland) Open de Andalucía Golf Parador de Malaga Golf - Malaga - Spain - 24th to 27th March, 2011 Paul Lawrie achieved his first European Tour win since 2002 as the 42-year-old took the Open de Andalucía de Golf by Turkish Airlines in Malaga by one from Swede Johan Edfors. With six runners-up finishes since his last victory Lawrie, from one ahead overnight, bogeyed the first two holes and England's Mark Foster birdied them. It was a superb start to the nine with birdies on 10, 11, 12 a near miss on 13 and then birdie on 14 that put Lawrie back on course. The win took Lawrie to 150th place in the World Rankings and a jump of 122 places.
Fri, 1st Apr 2011
David Horsey - (England) Trophee Hassan II Golf du Palais Royal - Agadir - Morocco - 31st to 3rd April, 2011 This win gave David Horsey his 3rd victory on the European Tour in 181 attempts. He moved to 218th position in the World Rankings and 108th place in the Race to Dubai.

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