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Rory Sabbatini returns to world top 60
March 7, 2011

South Africa's Rory Sabbatini won his sixth PGA Tour title at the Honda Classic in Florida by a single stroke from Korea's Y.E. Yang, his first victory since the 2009 Byron Nelson Championship, and climbs 50 spots to 52nd in the Official World Golf Ranking. Five clear at the start of the final round, Sabbatini held the same lead after eight holes, but then saw it cut to one after 15. A birdie on the 16th followed by a glorious tee shot on 17, just before a weather delay, proved to be the key moments. Yang birdied the 18th from a greenside bunker but Sabbatini's solid par proved sufficient for a one stroke win and with it places in next week's World Golf Championship and next month's Masters Tournament.

Brenden Pappas, also of South Africa, was declared the winner of the Pacific Rubiales Bogotá Open Sunday when lightning cancelled the third round and forced the Nationwide Tour to enter the tournament as a 36-hole event in its record book. The 40-year-old Pappas posted rounds of 67-66 = 133 (-9) for his first two rounds at Bogota Country Club. Pappas' group had played three holes before players were pulled off the golf course for the last time just before 2 p.m. The win takes Pappas to World Number 518, a jump of exactly 400 positions.

The 2011 Tour de las Americas (TLA) season opening 85th Abierto de Chile Copa BCI, the Chile National Open Championship, was won by Chile’s own Benjamin Alvarado. The 25-year old led from start to finish on his way to a commanding eight-stroke victory and the first TLA title of his career. The win sees him rise to World Number 615.


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