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International Golf News May 2007

Tue, 1st May 2007
Boo Weekley won the Verizon Heritage as the amazing Monday finish unfolded at Harbour Town Golf Links, in South Carolina. Weekley chipped in for par on both the 17th and 18th holes leaving Ernie Els requiring to hole his second shot from 150 yards on the 18th for a tie. Ernie Els secured the runner-up position as his second shot came to rest only 18 inches from the hole! Boo Weekley climbed 60 places to Nº 55. Nick Watney claimed victory in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans by three strokes with a final round of 69. Watney began the day two ahead of playing partner Ken Duke and despite losing the lead mid way through the final round he held on to secure his maiden PGA Tour win. He climbed 57 places to Nº 93. Australian Brendan Jones after successfully defended the Tsurura Open the picked up his sixth Japan Golf Tour victory in the process. The win moved him up 116 places to Nº 168. Scott Verplank won the tournament he's always wanted to win when he secured the victory at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship by a stroke over Luke Donald. Scott Verplank, from Dallas, had known and been supported by Byron Nelson who died last year, since he was 17 years old. The win took Verplank to Nº 31, a jump of 37 places. Luke Donald also moved back into the World Top 10.

Golfers in the News May 2007

Tue, 1st May 2007
Zach Johnson - (USA) Masters Tournament Augusta - Georgia - USA - 5th to 8th April, 2007 Zach Johnson shot a final round of 69 to win the Masters Tournament at Augusta by two strokes with a one-over-par aggregate of 289, holding off the challenge of the four-time champion Tiger Woods and South Africans Retief Goosen and Rory Sabbatini. Johnson started that week at World Number 56 and becomes the first player from outside the World Top 50 to win the Masters since the World Golf Ranking started 21 years ago. This first Major Championship win took Johnson to World Number 15.
Tue, 1st May 2007
Markus Brier - (Austria) Volvo China Open Shanghai Silport - Shanghai - China - 12th to 15th April, 2007 Austrian Markus Brier shot a final-round of 4-under-par 67 to win the Volvo China Open by five strokes at Shanghai Silport GC. Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland (69), Andrew McLardy of South Africa (70), and Scott Hend of Australia (71) all tied for second at 279. Brier improved his Ranking by 89 positions to be placed at Nº 142.
Tue, 1st May 2007
Raphael Jacquelin - (France) BMW Asian Open Tomson Shanghai Pudong - Shanghai - China - 19th to 22nd April, 2007 Raphael Jacquelin triumphed at the BMW Asian Open by two shots from Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen with a 10-under-par score of 278, despite posting a final round of 73 on a wet and windy course. The Frenchman had led the tournament at the end of each day and his second European Tour win took him to Nº 61 with a rise of 43 places.
Tue, 1st May 2007
Charl Schwartzel - (South Africa) Open de Espana Centro Nacional de Golf - Madrid - Spain - 26th to 29th April, 2007 South African golfer Charl Schwartzel claimed his second European Tour title when he won the Open de Espana at the Centro Nacional de Golf in Madrid. The 22 year old carded a final round 67 for a 16 under par total of 272 to win by a shot from India's Jyoti Randhawa. Charl Schwartzel broke into the World Top 50 for the first time with an improvement of 18 positions in the Ranking taking him to Nº 40.

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