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Mediate and Harrington return to winner's circle
October 18, 2010

Rocco Mediate holed out for eagle for the fourth straight day, hitting a pitching wedge approach from 116 yards that spun back into the cup on the par-4 17th hole Sunday en route to a one-stroke victory over Bo Van Pelt and rookie Alex Prugh in the Open. Mediate had a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole Thursday, holed out from 160 yards Friday on the par-4 fourth, and holed out from 111 yards Saturday on the par-5 15th hole. Mediate's Sunday playing partners Bo Van Pelt and Alex Prugh both birdied the 72 hole forcing Mediate to hole from just over 4 feet for a par and victory by a single stroke. Mediate leaps 229 places in the Official World Golf Ranking to 221st.

Richard Green came from seven shots back to win the Portugal Masters with a brilliant closing 65. The Australian left-hander, for whom this was a third European Tour title in his 311th start, finished 18 under for the week after his seven under par round. Green won by two strokes from a group of four players including Francesco Molinari whose 16 under par total was made up of rounds of 74-62-74-62. The win takes Green, whose previous best 2010 performance was also in Portugal at the National Open, to world number 64, a jump of 46 positions.

South Korean Kim Kyung-tae shot a superb seven-under-par 64 to capture the Japan Open. The 24-year-old enjoyed a bogey-free round which included seven birdies at Aichi Country Club to secure his second victory on the Japan Golf Tour. He collects 32 World Ranking points from the Japan Golf Tour's Flagship Event and with that moves into the World Top 50 with a 15 spot jump to world number 48.

On a busy World Ranking week featuring seven tournaments, the week's other winners were Jason Gore at the Miccosukee Championship on the Nationwide Tour, Padraig Harrington at the Iskandar Johor Open on the Asian Tour - his first victory since the 2008 PGA - moving him three spots from 22nd to 19th, Andreas Hartoe at the Roma Golf Open 2010 presented by REZZA on the Challenge Tour and Kim Felton at the Midea China Classic on the OneAsia Tour.


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