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Golf Course News June 2011

Porto Santo Golfe
Wed, 1st Jun 2011
Michael Hoey - (Northern Ireland) Madeira Islands Open Porto Santo - Madeira - Portugal - 19th to 22nd May, 2011 Michael Hoey claimed his second European Tour title with a two shot victory at the Madeira Islands Open. The 32 year old, whose previous win also came on Portuguese soil two years ago, fired a closing 71 to finish ten under par for the week at the stunning Seve Ballesteros-designed Porto Santo Golfe. The win took Hoey to World Ranking 220 and with an improvement of 154 places.

International Golf News June 2011

Wed, 1st Jun 2011
Lee Westwood claimed his second victory in succession to maintain his position as World Number One. Westwood carded a flawless closing round of 67 to win the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea ahead of Ryder Cup team-mate Miguel Angel Jimenez. He birdied the 18th to set the clubhouse target on 12 under par, before watching from the locker room as Jimenez failed to match that finish to force a play-off. Jimenez finished second on 11 under after a closing 71, with Korea's Sang-hyun Park a shot further back in third and American Dustin Johnson fourth on nine under.

Golfers in the News June 2011

Wed, 1st Jun 2011
Thomas Levet - (France) Alstom Open de France Le Golf National - Paris - France - 30th to 3rd July, 2011 Thomas Levet produced a superb final-round performance to claim victory on home soil in the Alstom Open de France. This was 25 years after he first played in this competition. The 42 year old finished one shot clear of Thorbjorn Olesen and joint overnight leader Mark Foster after holding his nerve in impressive fashion over the notoriously difficult closing stretch at Le Golf National. While others faltered throughout the day, Levet went round in 70 for the third round out of four this week to finish on seven under. Levet jumped from 352nd to 137th in the World Ranking.
Wed, 1st Jun 2011
Thomas Aiken - (South Africa) Open de Espana Real Club de Golf El Prat - Terrassa - Barcelona - Spain - 5th to 8th May, 2011 The 27 year old Thomas Aiken from Johannesburg playing his first tournament after a seven-week lay-off, shot a closing 70 at El Prat near Barcelona to beat Dane Anders Hansen by two and win the Open de Espana. Aiken took the first prize of €333,330 with a ten under par total of 278. This win helps Aiken rise 31 places to 73rd in the World Rankings.
Wed, 1st Jun 2011
Darren Clarke - (England) Iberdrola Open Pula - Son Servera - Mallorca - Spain - 12th to 15th May, 2011 Darren Clarke came from four behind to capture his 13th European Tour title at the Iberdrola Open in Mallorca. The Northern Irishman used all his experience to grind out a final round 69 and deny Chris Wood, who shot 76 to make his maiden victory. The 42 year old finished with a six under par total at the Pula course designed by his final round playing partner Jose Maria Olazabal, with Wood tying for second with compatriot David Lynn. Clarke climbed 36 places to World Ranking 88th.
Wed, 1st Jun 2011
Ian Poulter - (England) Volvo World Match Play Championship Finca Cortesin - Casares - Andalucía - Spain - 19th to 22nd May, 2011 Ian Poulter denied Luke Donald the World Number One spot as he beat him in the final of the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain. Donald was trying for an unprecedented match play double after taking the WGC-Accenture title in Arizona in February, but his fellow Englishman triumphed 2 and 1 at Finca Cortesin. This win took Poulter to 14th position in the World Rankings and a jump of 8 places.
Wed, 1st Jun 2011
Luke Donald - (England) BMW PGA Championship Wentworth - Virginia Water - Surrey - England - 26th to 29th May, 2011 Luke Donald captured The European Tour's flagship event at Wentworth Club after a titanic final round battle with Lee Westwood at the BMW PGA Championship. The World Number One and World Number Two traded blows all day, and Lee Westwood total of 68 drew him level with his compatriot after 72 holes. For the first time in his career Donald now heads the Official World Golf Ranking. After pitching his third to six feet at the first extra hole, he looked on as Westwood spun his into the water. Westwood took a double bogey seven and Donald won the €750,000 first prize with a birdie four.
Wed, 1st Jun 2011
Matteo Manassero - (Italy) Maybank Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia - 14th to 17th April, 2011 The victory at Kuala Lumpur gave Matter Manassero his fourth win on the European Tour in 130 participations. He moved to 290th in the World Rankings and 135th in the Race to Dubai.
Wed, 1st Jun 2011
Lee Westwood - (England) Ballantine's' Championship Blackstone - Icheon - Seoul - South Korea - 28th to 1st May, 2011 With this win it brought Lee Westwood to a total of 23 victories on the European Tour in 450 participations. As a result he moved to 26th in the World Rankings and to 19th position in the Race to Dubai.

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