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Fisher returns to top 20; Appleby back to top 100
August 2, 2010

The Greenbrier Classic was the scene for the fifth sub 60 round in PGA Tour history as Stuart Appleby charged to his eighth victory in America. The Australian trailed overnight leader Jeff Overton by eight starting out on Sunday but his nine birdies and an eagle were enough to steal victory from the American who had shot a creditable round of 67. The win propels Appleby back into the world’s top 100 at 94 in the ranking with a points average of 1.64, and also sees him qualify for this week’s WGC – Bridgestone Invitational.

Ross Fisher stormed back into contention for a Ryder Cup debut with a commanding display at the 3 Irish Open at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club. After a modest first round the Englishman put the Tour on 59 watch on Friday as he looked like being the first in Europe to break the magical 60 barrier. However, his charge for history ran out of steam resulting in a career best round of 61 and a lead which he would not relinquish, even with an heroic charge from home favourite Padraig Harrington on Sunday. The fourth win of Fisher’s career sees him climb 16 places into the world’s top 20 with an average points total of 3.85.

Tadahiro Takayama claimed his first victory on the Japan Golf Tour in five years after a two under par final round saw him take the title from fellow overnight leader Dinesh Chand. The three shot win is the Japanese golfer’s third on the Tour and sees him climb 130 places on the ranking to 213 with an average points total of 0.90.

A fantastic weekend of golf by Martin Piller saw him claim victory at the 15th staging of the Cox Classic and ensure that he has his PGA Tour card for the 2011 season. The American narrowly avoided missing the cut on Friday, but a Saturday 62 saw him charge into contention and when he followed this with a seven under 64 in the final round he won his second tournament of the season. The victory sees Piller jump to 184 on the ranking with an average points total of 0.98 having entered the week at 238.

History was made at the Brunei Open as Siddikur became the first Bangladeshi golfer to win on the Asian Tour with a play-off victory over South Africa’s Jbe Kruger. The Dhaka native had shared the lead overnight and a par at the first extra hole was enough for the win having bogeyed the last in regulation to finish tied with Kruger. The historic win sees Siddikur fly 564 places up the ranking to 392 with an average of 0.40.

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