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International Golf News February 2011

Tue, 1st Feb 2011
Jonathan Byrd became the first champion of 2011 on the PGA Tour, defeating Robert Garrigus on the second extra hole at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii after the pair finished top of the leaderboard on 24 under for the tournament. They were almost joined by Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell, who equaled the course record with a stunning round of 62. Jonathan Byrd jumped 63 places in the World Golf Ranking to Nº 58, while Robert Garrigus became Nº 81. Gaganjeet Bhullar became the first Indian to win on the Challenge Tour held in his homeland after triumphing by one shot at the season-opening Gujarat Kensville Challenge. Bhullar battled with his nerves during a closing round of 75, but his five under par aggregate total was enough to see off England’s Matt Ford, who signed for a round of 70 to finish on four under par. Gaganjeet Bhullar climbed to Nº 158, and a move up 50 places. Robert Karlsson has an enviable record in the desert, not least when he claimed the title at Doha Golf Club 12 months ago on his first appearance of the 2010 season. The win helped dispel the frustration of 2009, which was marred by a serious eye problem, and he added another Middle East title, the lucrative season-ending Dubai World Championship presented by DP World, in November. The Swede has made the cut nine times in ten appearances in Qatar and clearly loves the place. 'I definitely think it is one of the best golf courses we play on Tour because there is a good mix of holes', he said. 'There is everything from testing par fives to the drivable par fours and tough par threes, plus there is always wind. It is challenging'”.

Golfers in the News February 2011

Tue, 1st Feb 2011
Louis Oosthuizen - (South Africa) Africa Open East London - Eastern Cape - South Africa - 6th to 9th January, 2011 The Open Champion, Louis Oosthuizen, won a three-man play-off to clinch the Africa Open title in East London after England's Chris Wood and Spain's Manuel Quiros could only manage pars after the trio had finished regulation play tied on 18 under par. Louis Oosthuizen holed from 15 feet for birdie on the first extra hole, the par-four 18th, to clinch a third European Tour win and climbed to Nº 19 which was and imporvment of two place.
Tue, 1st Feb 2011
Charl Schwartzel - (South Africa) Joburg Open Royal Johannesburg & Kensington - Johannesburg - South Africa - 13th to 16th January, 2011 South Africa's' Charl Schwartzel shot a final round of 67 for a four shot win, successfully defending his Johannesburg Open title. Schwartzel made some remarkable up-and-downs which helped him finish 19 under par, four ahead of compatriot Garth Mulroy. Fellow South African, Thomas Aiken, saw his challenge for a maiden European Tour title fade on the back nine as he finished third on 14 under, with England’s Jamie Elson a shot further back in fourth place. Schwartzel moved to Nº 23 with an improvement of 9 places.
Tue, 1st Feb 2011
Martin Kaymer - (Germany) Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates - 20th to 23rd January, 2011 Martin Kaymer has moved to World Number Two after winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship for the third time in four years by an eight shot margin over Rory McIlroy. The 26 year old was five clear of McIlroy with a round to go, closed with a 66 for a tournament-record 24 under par total of 268. The last time a pair of Europeans filled the top two positions in the Official World Golf Ranking was Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer some 18 years ago.
Tue, 1st Feb 2011
Paul Casey - (England) Volvo Golf Champions The Royal Golf Club - Kingdom of Bahrain - Bahrain - 27th to 30th January, 2011 Paul Casey sank a closing six foot par putt to take the inaugural Volvo Golf Champions on the Colin Montgomerie designed Royal Golf Club course in Bahrain. After an amazing 23 changes at the top of the leader board on the final day, Casey came to the 429 yard last level with Peter Hanson. The Swede missed from ten feet and with a bogey five dropped into a tie for second place with Miguel Angel Jimenez. Paul Casey at previously ninth in the World Golf Ranking and the highest player in the field, moved to Nº 6.

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