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International Golf News March 2011

Tue, 1st Mar 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 with Miguel Angel Jimenez. Casey, places ninth in the Ranking was the highest player in the field, moved to number 6th. After three days of persistent rain and one of perfect sunshine, Theunis Spangenberg finally lifted his maiden Sunshine Tour title at the Africom Zimbabwe Open. The win took the South African to World Nº 390. Hennie Otto cruised to a four-stroke victory in the R3.2-million Dimension Data Pro-Am, a tap-in birdie at the 72nd hole giving him a comfortable margin over second-placed James Kingston. George Coetzee eventually finished alone in third place after his final round of 74. Otto jumped 89 places to World Nº 200. George Coetzee marched to a two-shot victory in the R3.25-million Telkom PGA Championship played on the Woodmead course at Country Club Johannesburg. He finished on 27-under-par 261, and fired a final round of eight-under-par 64 to edge out Neil Schietekat by two shots, with the man with whom he tussled all week long for the victory, Branden Grace, slipping to a share of third with a fast-finishing Garth Mulroy two shots further back. Coetzee moves to World Nº 217 and a jump of 103 places. Many players simply sparkle in the one-on-one combat of match play and one of many such players is golfer Ian Poulter. The Englishman attempted to defend not only his title in the WGC-Accenture Match Play but also a formidable match play record. A star of the last two Ryder Cups, Poulter has become a man to be feared in this format, largely due to a fearless – and often peerless putting strokes when the pressure is applied. Poulter secured the biggest win of his career to date 12 months ago – and his first on American soil - when he defeated compatriot Paul Casey 4 and 2 in the 36-hole final at Dove Mountain. En route to the final he dispatched Justin Leonard, Adam Scott, Jeev Milkha Singh, Thongchai Jaidee and Camilo Villegas. Yet confidence in his own ability is not something Poulter lacks and this was proved after securing his tenth European Tour victory in the UBS Hong Kong Open at the end of last season. He is one of the game’s most colourful characters.

Golfers in the News March 2011

Tue, 1st Mar 2011
Thomas Bjorn - (Denmark) Commercialbank Qatar Masters Doha -,Qatar - 3rd to 6th February, 2011 Thomas Bjorn won his 11th European Tour title at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy. The Dane saw his overnight one shot lead wiped out by Markus Brier at the first hole, and then when the Austrian fell away 2009 winner Alvaro Quiros charged to within one on the back nine. But the former Ryder Cup star, and an assistant to Colin Montgomerie at The Celtic Manor Resort last year, stayed calm to record a closing round of 69 and to win by four shots on 14 under. The win took Thomas Bjorn to World 60th and a jump of 74 places.
Tue, 1st Mar 2011
Alvaro Quiros - (Spain) Omega Dubai Desert Classic Emirates - Dubai - United Arab Emirates - 10th to 13th February, 2011 Alvaro Quiros picked up his fifth European Tour victory in his 100th European Tour event at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. He moved to pole position in the Race to Dubai, the first time in his career that he has occupied the top spot. In a round featuring a hole-in-one, an eagle on a par 4 and a triple bogey, Quiros signed for a four-under-par 68 which secured the win by a stroke from Anders Hansen and James Kingston. Alvaro Quiros climbs 15 places to 21st place in the World Ranking and his highest career position.
Tue, 1st Mar 2011
S.S.P. Chowrasia - (India) Avantha Masters DLF - New Delhi - India- 17th to 29th February, 2011 S S P Chowrasia secured a home victory as he overcame Robert Coles in an exciting finish to the Avantha Masters. The 32 year old Indian shot a closing round of 67 to finish 15 under par at DLF Golf and Country Club - one ahead of Coles, who saw his hopes of a first European Tour title denied in the cruelest of circumstances. Chowrasia looked to be cruising as he notched up seven birdies in his first 14 holes. But a double bogey at the par three 16th left the door open for Robert Coles, who missed two golden birdie opportunities in the closing holes before taking four shots to get down from the edge of the green at the last. Chowrasia jumps 229 places in the World Ranking to 268th.
Tue, 1st Mar 2011
Luke Donald - (England) WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship Dove Mountain - Marana - Arizona - USA - 23rd to 27th February, 2011 England's Luke Donald beat Martin Kaymer to become World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Champion, climbing to World's number 3 while Kaymer moved to the number 1. After snow in the night and a brief suspension during play because of a hailstorm, the sun was shining when Donald - never behind all week - clinched his first victory in America in five years by a 3 and 2 margin. Donald won three of the first five holes, but Martin Kaymer took the short sixth with a par, the long eighth with a birdie and then also won the ninth. Donald had restored his three hole lead by the time the pair reached the par 3 16th and sealed the title with a par.

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