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International Golf News December 2010

Wed, 1st Dec 2010
Warren Abery dropped two shots in a row on the eighth and the ninth holes in the final round of the Nashua Masters on the Sunshine Tour, but then he birdied the 10th and 12th to coast to victory at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club. His two stroke victory was over fellow South Africans Alex Haindl, Oliver Bekker and Branden Grace. The win took Warren Abery to Nº 412 and a leap of 480 places. A fairy tale final round of 65 has earned Stuart Appleby his first Australian title in nearly ten years, at the 2010 JB Were Masters at Victoria Golf Club. The 39-year-old shot up the leader board with six birdies to chip away at overnight leader Adam Bland who was unable to impose himself on the final day. Bland finished in 2nd place at nine-under, a shot behind Appleby, while Daniel Gaunt finished in 3rd at eight-under. Stuart Appleby moved to Nº 72, a jump of 34 places. His rise to the top has been rapid and unrelenting and he now sits at World Number Three. Martin Kaymer only has Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood ahead of him now in the World Ranking and if he maintains his current progress, he could follow Langer and sit on top of the world. Kaymer became only the fourth continental European to win the Harry Vardon Trophy, following in the footsteps of the legendary Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer and the man who won the Dubai World Championship presented by DP World on Sunday, Robert Karlsson. And, at 25 years of age, he is the youngest European Number One since Ronan Rafferty 21 years ago. A quick glance at his record this year underlines the sheer brilliance of his 2010 season. Victory in his first event of the year in Abu Dhabi – the second time he had won the event in three years – was backed up by a fourth place in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic two weeks later and then third in the WGC – CA Championship. Top tens in the US Open and the Open Championship then set him up for a remarkable hat-trick of titles towards the end of the summer. First on the list was his maiden Major Championship success, holding off American Bubba Watson to win the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits after a play-off. Indeed, his nerveless 15 foot downhill putt on the last to get into the play-off will rank as one of the shots of the year. In the process, Martin Kaymer was following in some particularly large footsteps. Only the great Bernhard Langer had previously tasted Major success for Germany with his two Masters titles, but Kaymer is catching him fast. With success in his next two events – at the KLM Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – he became the first European since Sir Nick Faldo in 1989 to complete a hat-trick of victories. He took up the game of golf at the age of ten when a club opened near his family home in Mettmann, east of Dusseldorf. His father, Horst, already played but here was an opportunity for the whole family and he and his older brother, Philip, as well as his mother, Rina, all got the golfing bug. By the age of 15 Martin Kaymer had already become a scratch golfer. He also played football, showing talent as a striker for the youth side Fortuna Dusseldorf and a keen supporter of FC Koln, but he decided golf was where his future lay. The golfing world first began to sit up and take notice of a potential new force when he shot 59 on the Satellite EPD Tour in 2006. By August of that year he had joined the Challenge Tour and comfortably secured his European Tour card by finishing fourth on the Rankings in just eight events, winning two of them. Twelve months later he was crowned The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year – the first time a German golfer had won the award – after a season of five second places. He then followed that up with two victories in 2008, two more in 2009, when he won back-to-back titles in the height of the summer, and then four wins in 2010 including his first Major title and his anointment as European Number One. Indeed, Martin Kaymer could have won The Race to Dubai last year but for a go-karting accident which forced him out of the game for two months with four broken bones in his foot. In the end he came third in the inaugural Race to Dubai, but there was a determination to win the title this year and he duly delivered. His success has put golf on the front page of the German newspapers for the first time in years and television stations are sitting up and taking notice. Germany has a new golfing idol!

Golfers in the News December 2010

Wed, 1st Dec 2010
Francesco Molinari - (Italy) WGC - HSBC Champions Sheshan International - Shanghai - China - 4th to 7th November, 2010 Francesco Molinari claimed a stunning wire-to-wire victory at the World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions following a titanic battle with World Number One Lee Westwood. Francesco Molinari, who had claimed his only previous European Tour win at the 2006 Italian Open, carded a final round 67 to retain the one-shot lead he took into the final round at Sheshan International. Richie Ramsey and Luke Donald shared third place a distant ten strokes behind the winner. Francesco Molinari climbed 16 places to World Nº 14, a career high and then three places ahead of his brother Edoardo who was behind the 18th green to greet his victorious brother. Westwood strengthened his position as World Number One at 0.63 average points ahead of Tiger Woods in second place.
Wed, 1st Dec 2010
Adam Scott - (Australia) Barclays Singapore Open The Tanjong & The Serapong - Sentosa - Singapore - 11th to 14th November, 2010 Adam Scott claimed his third Barclays Singapore Open title with a composed performance at Sentosa Golf Club, completed on the Monday with ten holes of the final round remaining after a five and half hour delay for thunderstorms on the Sunday. The Australian landed his seventh European Tour title over the Serapong Course where he won in 2005 and 2006 with a closing round of 68 to finish 17 under par and three ahead of Anders Hansen. The win took Adam Scott and a former World Nº 3, to a his new number of 20th and an improvement of 21 places.
Wed, 1st Dec 2010
Ian Poulter - (England) UBS Hong Kong Open Hong Kong - Fanling - Hong Kong - 18th to 21st November, 2010 Ian Poulter collected his tenth European Tour title by holding off all challengers at the UBS Hong Kong Open. The 34 year old, who narrowly missed out at previous week's Barclays Singapore Open, closed with a three under par 67 to finish with a 22 under par aggregate of 258. That was one stroke clear of compatriot Simon Dyson and Italy's Matteo Manassero. This win took Poulter up to World Nº 11 and he moved up 3 places.
Wed, 1st Dec 2010
Robert Karlsson - (Sweden) Dubai World Championship Jumeirah Golf Estates - Dubai - United Arab Emirates - 25th to 28th November, 2010 Robert Karlsson overcame Ian Poulter in a play-off to win the Dubai World Championship presented by DP World. The pair tied on the 14 under par mark of 274 after Karlsson, three behind overnight, played the first three holes in four under and then pitched to three feet for a birdie on the 72nd hole. After halving the first play-off hole, the 18th on the Earth Course, Robert Karlsson birdied it again to win the title at the second extra hole. Karlsson jumped 20 places to Nº 16 while Poulter broke back into the World Top 10 in 8th position.

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