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Golf Course News November 2011

Victoria
Tue, 1st Nov 2011
Tom Lewis - (England) Portugal Masters Victoria - Algarve - Portugal - 13th to 16th October, 2011 Englishman Tom Lewis gained his first European Tour win with his success in the Algarve having taken part in 96 events. 2011 Portugal Masters on the Victoria Course was played in lovely sunny weather in the Algarve. Although Tom Lewis has only played in three European Tour events it did not stop England's newest star from playing final round 65 to streak clear of the field and take the Portugal Masters title by two strokes. The 20-year-old Tom Lewis, placed his name in the record book of the European Tour. Tom rose to prominence after co-leading the first round of the Open Championship earlier this summer. He had already been noticed when Tom as an amateur moved into the lead on the first day of the Open Championship. His final total score of 267 strokes was 2 in front of his nearest rival Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain. His World Ranking is now 413 and he lies in 75th position in the Race to Dubai.

International Golf News November 2011

Tue, 1st Nov 2011
USA Omega Mission Hills World Cup Mission Hills - Hainan Island - China - 24th to 27th November, 2011 The winner was the USA Team.
Tue, 1st Nov 2011
Paul Casey picked up his second win of 2011 at the Shinehan Donghae Open on the Korean Golf Tour. Since winning on the European Tour earlier this season in Bahrain, Casey has struggled for form but came out on top by shooting a couple of 69s over the weekend to finish level for the tournament and win by a shot. Casey started 2011 inside the Top 10 in the World, and this win will be a shot in the arm for the Englishman, who then found himself climbing back up to 20th place in the World Rankings. England's' Matthew Baldwin picked up his maiden Challenge Tour title at the Fred Olsen Challenge de Espana after seeing off Frenchman Julien Guerrier on the third extra hole. On the Island of La Gomera, Baldwin found himself trailing overnight leader Lloyd Kennedy by a solitary shot heading into the final round, but a three under 68 saw him climb to the top of the board alongside Guerrier who posted a 65. In the playoff both made pars on the first two holes and then the Frenchman encountered trouble with Olsen winning the title. American Rickie Fowler emphatically claimed a first career victory at the Kolon Korea Open after storming to a six shot win over US Open champion Rory McIlroy at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club. Fowler, a 22 year-old, carded a three-under-par 68 final round to top the leaderboard at 16-under-par overall. McIlroy produced a fourth round rally after playing his final 11 holes in seven-under-par to card a superb 64, but the Fowler was left to play a third round of 73 as the World number 3 was forced to settle for a second consecutive runner-up finish. The win took Fowler up 12 places to be World 24th. Sam Little continued a run of imperious form on the European Challenge Tour as he picked up his third win in the last four events after edging out Sweden’s Pelle Edberg in a playoff at the Roma Golf Open. Having previously not won on the Tour since 2004, Little has picked up titles in Russia, France and now Italy to leapfrog Tommy Fleetwood to the top the Challenge Tour Rankings with just the Grand Final left to play in three weeks times. His third title this season also gives him the chance to play on the European Tour for the remainder of 2011, the second man to achieve that feat this year after Frenchmen Benjamin Hebert. Having started the year ranked at 747th in the World golfer Sam Little found himself now at 230th. Australian David Gleeson bookended rounds of 66 with a pair of 68s this week to take the Hero Indian Open by three strokes from his nearest challenger, the home favorite, Chiragh Kumar. Gleeson had previously won twice on the Asian Tour but had struggled for form earlier in the season and had missed five cuts in a row before bouncing back with a second place in Macau. This win sees David Gleeson climb 269 places to be 309th in the World Ranking. Under pressure World number one, Luke Donald, shot a Sunday 64 to come from five shots back at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic to take the title and also usurp Webb Simpson from the top of the PGA Tour Money List in the last event of the season. Donald knew heading into the week at Disney that a win was called for as he fired off six birdies in a row on the back nine to win by two from America's Justin Leonard. The win was Donald's fourth of the season and his 14 top ten in 19 starts. Coupled with his Money List the title saw him very much in contention for PGA Tour Player of the Year honours. He has also extended his lead at the summit of the World Rankings over fellow Englishman and World number two, Lee Westwood. Bo Van Pelt completed a six-shot victory in the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia, co-sanctioned between the Asian Tour and PGA Tour. Van Pelt led by one overnight and was quickly into his stride with a tap-in birdie at the par-five third, which was swiftly followed by another birdie at the fourth. More back-nine birdies saw Van Pelt stretch his lead over player partner Overton and he finished with a final round of 64. The win took Van Pelt to World 25th place and up 14 places.

Golfers in the News November 2011

Tue, 1st Nov 2011
Lee Slattery - (England) Bankia Madrid Masters El Encín - Alcala de Henares - Spain - 6th to 9th October, 2011 Lee Slattery captured his first European Tour title at the Bankia Madrid Masters. Two clear at the start of the final round, the 33 year old Englishman bogeyed two of his first five holes, regained control with four birdies in five holes from the 11th, and despite a seven at the last, a round of 71 gave him a 15 under par total and victory. The Italian Lorenzo Gagli playing alongside with Slattery finished one shot behind. Slattery's' win saw him jump 163 places to World 165th.
Tue, 1st Nov 2011
Sergio Garcia - (Spain) Castello Masters Club de Campo del Mediterraneo - Castellon, - 20th to 23rd October, 2011 Sergio Garcia picked up his first win for three years at the Castello Masters as he romped home over the weekend to win by 11 strokes. Club de Campo del Mediterraneo was his home course and as tournament host he made rounds of 67-63-64-63 to finish at a staggering 27 under par. His winning margin at the event was the largest on the European Tour since Tiger Woods demolished the field by the same amount at the 2000 Bridgestone Invitational, It is Garcia's second win at this event after winning the inaugural event in 2008 and the first in Europe that he has won twice. It also caps off his return to form in 2011 after a couple of quiet seasons he found himself firmly back inside the Top 50 at number 31.
Tue, 1st Nov 2011
Sergio Garcia - (Spain) Andalucia Masters Club de Golf Valderrama - Sotogrande - Spain - 27th to 30th October, 2011 Sergio Garcia’s resurgence continued as he became the first Spaniard to win a stroke play event at Club de Golf Valderrama with a battling triumph at the Andalucía Masters. Garcia. Also a winner on home soil in the previous and three times a runner-up at this venue in 2004, 2005 and 2006, he carded a level par 71 to finish on six under in Sotogrande. That put him one clear of Miguel Angel Jimenez, who led for much of the front nine and then birdied the 16 and 17 to re-ignite his challenge, with Scotland’s Richie Ramsay, a shot further back in third, and Ireland's Shane Lowry fourth on three under. The win took Garcia up to World number 18, an improvement of 13 places and back in the World Top 20 after an absence of more than a year and a half.

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