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Frazar and Rock win maiden titles and climb World Ranking
June 13, 2011

Robert Karlsson suffered play-off agony again at the FedEx St Jude Classic as Harrison Frazar beat him following a similar loss to Lee Westwood last year. Frazar, who turns 40 next month, won for the first time in 355 attempts. The American looked as though he may have lost his chance for a breakthrough success when he bogeyed the last, after finding the water with his approach, to finish level with overnight leader Karlsson on 13 under. However he prevailed on the third play-off hole when Karlsson failed to match his par. Frazar, who finished 187th in the 2010 PGA Tour Money list, earns a spot in the 2012 Masters Tournament and jumps a massive 439 places in the Official World Golf Ranking to 144th.

The European Tour also saw a first time winner when Robert Rock won the BMW Italian Open title with a closing 67 that left him 21 under for the week, one ahead of Thorbjorn Olesen and Gary Boyd. The 21 year old Dane Olesen had already completed a stunning front-nine 29 by the time Rock teed off, and eventually signed for a ten under 62 that set the clubhouse target at 20 under. Boyd was pleased with his improved showing, after a disappointing start to the season had seen him down at 162nd on The Race to Dubai at the start of the week. The win takes Rock to World Number 111 an improvement of 54 positions.

This week's other winners were Kyle Thompson at the The Rex Hospital Open on the Nationwide Tour, Phillip Archer at the ALLIANZ Open Cotes d'Armor - Bretagne on the Challenge Tour and Roger Sloan at the The Western Championship on the Canadian Tour.


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