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US Open brings career high world no. 13 spot for Graeme McDowell
June 21, 2010

Graeme McDowell won the US Open Championship at Pebble Beach with a final round of 74 for a level par total and one stroke victory over French Qualifier Gregory Havret. McDowell becomes the first European winner of the US Open since Tony Jacklin 40 years ago. Ernie Els finished third on two over par after a 73 and the world's first and second-ranked golfers Woods (75) and Mickelson (73) tied for fourth a further shot back. The win takes McDowell to a career high world number 13, an improvement of 24 positions, while runner-up Havret climbs 287 places to world number 104.

Martin Wiegele shot a final round 68 to make up a three shot deficit to overnight leader Jamie Elson and claim his maiden European Tour title at the Aa St Omer Open. He finished two clear of a chasing pack that included the third round leader and home favourite Raphael Jacquelin on his way to a victory that makes him only the second Austrian to win on the European Tour after Markus Brier. The win sees Wiegele jump over 150 places up the rankings to 229 with a points average of 0.78.

A Sunday 64 saw Chris Kirk claim his first professional victory at the Nationwide Tour's Fort Smith Classic. The Georgia native won by one from Kyle Thompson and sees him jump to the top of the Tour money list. The victory sees Kirk climb over 100 places to 218 on the ranking with a points average of 0.82.

Tetsuji Hiratsuka birdied the 72nd hole to claim his second title of the year at the Queen's Cup on the Asian Tour. The 12-foot birdie putt on the last saw him edge out local favourite Thaworn Wiratchant by a solitary shot and sees the 38-year-old climb further into the top 100 with an average points total of 1.77 that puts him 83rd on the ranking.

Christopher Ryan Baker became only the tenth player to win on his Challenge Tour debut after a bogey free round of 68 saw him win by two at the Moroccan Golf Classic. The American had trailed by two entering the final round but his play on Sunday sees him enter the Official World Golf Rankings at 462 with an average points tally of 0.30.


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