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Westwood solidifies top spot; McDowell up to no. 7
December 6, 2010

Graeme McDowell capped his wonderful 2010 season beating Tiger Woods in a play-off to win the Chevron World Challenge. Woods, who had been on top in Thousand Oaks all weekend, began the day with a four shot lead, but suffered his first bad round of the tournament signing for a 73. That gave McDowell his chance as he overcame two bogeys with five birdies, the last on the 18th, to force a play-off. McDowell holed a 20 foot putt for birdie at the first extra hole, very similar to the one he holed on the 72nd hole to match Wood's birdie. The win takes McDowell to World Number 7, his career high and a jump of 4 places.

World Number One Lee Westwood produced another fine round to ease his way to a first Nedbank Golf Challenge victory at Sun City. The Englishman carded a four under par 68 at the Gary Player Country Club to end with a tournament total of 271 and a winning margin of eight strokes over his closest challenger Tim Clark - the South African finishing with a 71. Westwood closed his 2010 season with a chip-in for birdie at the final hole and ensures that he will finish 2010 at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Geoff Ogilvy won the Australian Open after a final round of 69 saw him triumph by four shots in Sydney. Starting with a five-shot cushion, the overnight leader took no chances and compiled a steady last 18 holes at The Lakes GC that featured four birdies and a bogey to finish on 19 under par. Alister Presnell and Matt Jones shared second on 15 under with 21-year-old Jordan Sheratt, who fired a 67, and John Senden tied for fourth on 12 under par. The win takes Ogilvy to World Number 31, an improvement of 12 positions.

Hiroyuki Fujita held off a final-day charge from Toru Taniguchi to land the Nippon Series JT Cup. The overnight leader began the final round with a three-shot advantage but found himself trailing Taniguchi by two shots coming down the 16th fairway after the latter fired a blistering nine-under 61. However, Fujita birdied the 16th and eagled the 17th to finish on 15 under par as the 41-year-old pipped his rival to the Japanese Golf Tour's final event of the season by a shot with a final a 66 that also saw him save par from a greenside bunker at the last. The win takes Fujita into the World Top 50 with a 9 spot jump to 49th.

Rikard Karlberg birdied the final two holes as a final-round 70 proved enough to win the Hero Honda Indian Open by two strokes at Delhi Golf Club. The Swede drained a 20-foot putt on the 17th to move two clear of overnight leader Baek Seuk-hyun but threatened to give it all away on the last when he hit his third shot into a sponsor's tent. However, Karlberg holed his fourth shot for a birdie to finish 11 under par and dash Baek's hopes of a last-gasp victory. The Korean also birdied the 18th to finish second on nine under. Karlberg, already a winner on the Asian Tour this year, moves up 96 places to World Number 174.


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