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International Golf News February 2012

Wed, 1st Feb 2012
Steve Stricker proved his tournament winning credentials once again at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions en route to a four stroke victory over Scotland’s Martin Laird. However, it was not as easy as it may have looked when some sloppy play to begin the round had seen his lead evaporate to just a single shot. But Stricker is a seasoned competitor, and few have been in greater tournament winning form than him the previous four seasons where he has now picked up eight PGA Tour titles, and this showed as he composed himself and got the job done coming home to eventually win comfortably. It is his fourth straight top ten at the Plantations Course in Kapalua, and makes up for last year's fourth place finish having shared the 54 hole lead. It's therefore the perfect start to the year for Stricker who found himself atop the FedEx Cup rankings, somewhere he will no doubt hope to stay come the end of the season. He climbed one place to fifth position on the first World Golf Ranking of the year to remain the game's top ranked American.

Golfers in the News February 2012

Wed, 1st Feb 2012
Louis Oosthuizen - (South Africa) Africa Open East London - East London - Eastern Cape - South Africa - 6th to 8th January, 2012 Louis Oosthuizen made it double delight in East London and got 2012 off to the perfect start when he defended the Africa Open title he won a year ago. Under some pressure from compatriot Tjaart Van der Walt, who was looking to pick up his first professional victory, the 2010 Open Champion moved up another gear over the final few holes to eventually edge out his less experienced challenger. The turning point proved to be the 17th where a good approach yielded a birdie for Oosthuizen while his playing partner carded a disappointing bogey to fall two shots behind heading up the last. All that was left was for the champion elect to nurse it down the last, and a solid par proved enough for him to take the title. This is his fourth win on the European Tour, and saw him climb 14 places on the Ranking to 26th. With this victory in his own country Louis Oosthuizen brought his total wins on the European Tour up to 7 and was placed 4th in the Race to Dubai.
Wed, 1st Feb 2012
Branden Grace - (South Africa) Joburg Open Royal Johannesburg & Kensington - Johannesburg - South Africa - 12th to 15th January, 2012 Branden Grace, 23 year old graduate from the recent European Tour Qualifying School, won the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club with a final round of 72 for a 17-under-par total. The South African finished one ahead of Jamie Elson who almost snatched a first victory with a second 63 of the week including a 30 foot eagle putt at the 72nd hole. Grace climbs 94 places in the World Ranking to 164th.
Wed, 1st Feb 2012
Branden Grace - (South Africa) Volvo Golf Champions The Links at Fancourt - George - South Africa - 19th to 22nd January, 2012 Branden Grace picked up his second win in two weeks at the Volvo Golf Champions event at Fancourt and in doing so overcame a shaky start to Sunday’s final round as well as two of his country’s finest golfing exports. The young South African started the day tied for the lead with Belgian bomber Nicolas Colsaerts, but with both struggling to find their form from the previous three rounds, a number of contenders burst from the pack – namely, Retief Goosen and Ernie Els. They would both post low numbers ahead of Grace, but a strong back nine from the winner of the Joburg Open the week before put him back into contention and a par at the last meant a three way play off. Grace remained undaunted by his Major competition heading into extra holes, and proceeded to find both the fairway and then the green in two while his playing partners floundered. Two putts later he had a birdie and his second European Tour title in two weeks, and a place inside the World's Top 100 after a rise of 72 places to 92nd.
Wed, 1st Feb 2012
Robert Rock - (England) Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates - 26th to 29th January, 2012 This was for English golfer Robert Rock his second win on the European Tour bringing his total up to 2. It placed him in 291st position in the World Rankings and 59th in the Race to Dubai.

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