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Furyk claims world no. 5 spot along with FedEx Cup bonus
September 27, 2010

40-year-old Jim Furyk won the Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola by a single shot from Luke Donald, and with it claimed the PGA Tour's $10m. FedEx Cup winner's bonus. Holding a three stroke lead with three holes to play, Furyk dropped shots on 16 and 17, meaning he needed a par on the difficult par 3 18th at East Lake to win the title. Having found sand off the tee Furyk played a superb bunker shot to 2ft 5in and holed out for the win. Furyk climbs one place in the Official World Golf Ranking to 5th, and Donald moves to 8th, also up one. Ernie Els, who tied for 7th, re-enters the world top 10 at no. 10. Furyk had begun the end-of-season FedEx Cup Playoff series by being disqualified from the first of the four events for missing his Pro-Am starting time. The Tour Championship was his third PGA Tour victory of 2010, a career best, while Donald's runner-up spot was his 10th on the PGA Tour from 198 starts - only Tiger Woods (15) and Jim Furyk (13) have more.

John Parry won the Vivendi Cup and becomes the fourth 2009 Challenge Tour graduate to win on the 2010 European Tour. He follows: Rhys Davies (Tropheé Hassan II) and James Morrison (Madeira Islands Open BPI – Portugal) and Edoardo Molinari (The Barclays Scottish Open and Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles). A member of the 2007 Walker Cup team which included Davies and Rory McIlroy, Parry's two-under-par final round of 70 gave him a 2 stroke win over Sweden's Johan Edfors. Parry jumps into the World Top 200 with a 131 spot improvement to 176th.

Brendan Jones from Australia shot a closing round of 66 to claim the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open, co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour and the Asian Tour, by one shot from Ryuichi Oda. The win takes Jones, now a nine time winner on the Japan Tour, to World Number 83, a jump of 58 positions.

Nationwide Tour rookie Nate Smith rolled in a 35-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to fire a 6-under 66 and come from behind to win the WNB Golf Classic by two strokes over Venezuelan Fabian Gomez, Texan Brandt Jobe and Australian Alistair Presnell. Smith finished at 18-under 270 to collect his first victory since turning professional in 2006 and take a 154 spot jump up the World Ranking to 275th.


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