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Lee Westwood moves closer to world number two spot
June 14, 2010

Lee Westwood won the battle of the European Number Ones in America when he beat Robert Karlsson and Robert Garrigus in a play-off for the St Jude Classic on the US PGA Tour. It was the fourth European victory on US soil this year, following previous successes by Ian Poulter in the WGC – Accenture Match Play, Rory McIlroy in the Quail Hollow Championship and Justin Rose in the Memorial Tournament last week. Westwood retains his third place in the Official World Golf Ranking and moves closer to Phil Mickelson at world number 2. Westwood will have the chance to move to world number 2 at the US Open with the world number 1 spot only just out of reach.

Thomas Bjorn returned to winning ways in fine style with a comprehensive five shot victory at the Estoril Open de Portugal. The Dane saw off a fine challenge from Richard Green with a closing 68 for a 23 under par aggregate total of 265. Australian left-hander Richard Green got within one before a decisive swing in Bjorn's direction at the 14th and 15th gave the 39 year old his tenth European Tour title and first for more than four years. The win takes Bjorn to world number 114, a jump of 79 positions.

George Murray secured his first professional victory in his homeland at the Scottish Hydro Challenge after a superb final round performance at the Macdonald Spey Valley Golf Course in Aviemore. The 27 year old compiled an outstanding final round of five under par 66 to take the title by four shots from Sweden’s Magnus A Carlsson, with England’s Lee Slattery sharing third place with Norwegian Marius Thorp on ten under par. Murray moves to world number 246 a leap of 128 positions.

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