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Webb Simpson enters top 50 at no. 33
August 22, 2011

After a play-off loss earlier in the year Webb Simpson made it into the winner’s circle on the PGA Tour at the Wyndham Championship. The North Carolina native and local college star won the tournament he had visited while growing up with a steady Sunday making the birdies when needed to eventually run out the champion by three shots. The victory throws him into contention for the season ending FedEx Cup which starts this week, as well as cementing him firmly inside the world’s top 50 at 33rd, up 22 spots, having started the year outside the top 200.

Oliver Fisher held off the chasing pack in Celadná to capture his first European Tour trophy in fine style at the Czech Open. The Englishman started steadily and after making three birdies in a row to the turn he lead by three and was looking comfortable at the top. However, a back nine surge from Mikael Lundberg and a wobble from Fisher looked like handing the title to the Swede, but a couple of clutch birdies on 16 and 17 meant the 22-year-old could enjoy his walk down the last and savour his first win on Tour. It had been a difficult season up to this point, and the win now sees him inside the top 80 on the Race to Dubai and inside the top 240 on the Official World Golf Ranking at number 238.

Korea’s Min-Gyu Cho also hopped on the first time bandwagon on Sunday as he claimed his maiden Japan Golf Tour title at the Kansai Open Championship. The 23-year-old Cho shot a final round 69 to win by four from Yoshikazu Haku, and climbs inside the top 200 in the world to number 178.

James Nitties secured a maiden victory at the Nationwide Tour’s Midwest Classic by shooting a final round 65 to win by five. The Australian’s previous best finish was fourth, and came in June at the Mexico Open, but showed no nerves on Sunday as he blitzed the field and cantered home for a comfortable win. James now finds himself 12th on the Nationwide Tour ranking and in with a shout of his PGA Tour card in 2012 while also climbing to 329 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

In a day full of firsts, it was yet another maiden victory for England’s Daniel Denison who won the rain shortened ECCO Tour Championship presented by Thomas Björn and Mercedes Benz. The 26-year-old was one off the lead heading into the third and final round, and a three under par 69 was enough to take home the title. It completes a fine return to form for Daniel who some four years ago had broken both legs in a car accident, but he now finds himself bounding 206 places up the World Ranking and inside the top 300 at 297.

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