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Woodland 53rd, Jacquelin 84th in 25th Anniversary Ranking
March 21, 2011

Gary Woodland claimed the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook for his maiden PGA Tour victory. Woodland had an eventful back nine, picking up a shot at 10 and dropping one at 11 before surging into the lead with three straight birdies. Two successive bogeys followed but a birdie on the par-three 17th before a 10-foot putt for par on 18 secured the win by a single stroke from Webb Simpson. Woodland started this year as World Number 591 and jumps 100 spots this week to World Number 53.

Raphaël Jacquelin won the the Sicilian Open, holding off a spirited challenge from Anthony Wall to win his third European Tour title. A two-and-a-half hour delay for dangerous weather conditions on Sunday forced a Monday finish at Donnafugata Golf Resort & SPA, with the leading pair resuming with just one shot separating them and six holes to play. Wall twice wiped out the deficit, only to find water at the penultimate hole and run up a double bogey as 36 year old Jacquelin walked away with the €166,660 first prize. Jacquelin climbs 82 places to World Number 84.

This week's other winners were JG Claassen at the MTC Namibia PGA Championship on the Sunshine Tour and Cody Slover at the Pacific Colombia Tour Barranquilla Presented by Helm, co-sanctioned by the Tour de las Americas and the Canadian Tour.

The Ranking issued this week will complete 25 years of the OWGR which was launched prior to the Masters in 1986, when Bernhard Langer held the top spot. His countryman Martin Kaymer currently holds the World Number One Spot with an average points figure of 7.96. Never before in the 25 years of the Ranking has the World Number One spot been held with a points average of less than 8, which explains why so many players are currently in contention for the top spot.

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