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Hoffman and Jimenez climb rankings with emphatic victories
September 7, 2010

Charley Hoffman was firing on all cylinders as the PGA Tour finished this Monday, shooting a final round 62 to win by five at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second event in the FedEx Cup series. The American had won once before, at the 2007 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, but he looked like a seasoned winner as he blazed past overnight leader Jason Day and final round challengers Luke Donald and Geoff Ogilvy. The win sees Hoffman rise 81 places on the Official World Golf Ranking to 51st.

Miguel Angel Jimenez’s golf was as impressive as the mountain top views of Crans-sur-Sierre as he stormed to an emphatic three shot win at the Omega European Masters. It is the Spaniard’s third victory of the season after wins in Dubai and France, and sees him rubber stamp his qualification for the European Ryder Cup Team after fending off the all Italian challenge of fellow Ryder Cupper, Edoardo Molinari, and teenage sensation Matteo Mannasero. The win sees Jimenez climb 11 places on the ranking to 27th.

Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa continued his impressive rise up the rankings with a playoff victory over fellow countrymen Shunsuke Sonoda at the Fujisankei Classic. The win is the 19-year-old’s second of the season and eighth on the Japan Golf Tour since 2008 as he continues to shine on his home circuit. He now finds himself four places better off on the ranking at 52nd.

Kevin Kisner came from behind on Sunday to record his first win on the Nationwide Tour at the inaugural Mylan Classic, fending off challenges from veteran Geoffrey Sisk and home favourite Steve Wheatcroft. Kisner holed a tricky four footer on 18 for par having little idea that it would be the stroke that would give him victory. The 26-year-old American now jumps to 320 on the ranking, a rise of 315 places.

For the second time in three weeks the Challenge Tour was the scene of amateur victory as home favourite Romain Wattel stunned his professional counterparts for a three shot victory at the Allianz Europen Strasbourg – Golf de la Wantzenau. He follows in the footsteps of Danish amateur Andreas Hartø who won the Rolex Trophy a fortnight earlier. Wattel is now placed 435 on the Official World Golf Ranking.

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