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Simpson and Bjorn win again for 14th and 28th spots
September 6, 2011

Webb Simpson won the The Deutsche Bank Championship with a birdie at the second hole of a sudden death playoff with Chez Reavie, after also birdieing the 72nd hole to tie on 15 under par 269. The win was his second in just three weeks, following his maiden Tour victory at the Wyndham Championship, and takes him to world no. 14, a rise of 13 places, and up a remarkable 199 places from his 213th position on January 1. Reavie climbs 88 places to 81st. Tied third were Jason Day (up 3 to 7th), Brandt Snedeker (up 15 into 24th) and Luke Donald, who increases his lead over no. 2 Lee Westwood to 2.25 average points.

Thomas Bjorn won the Omega European Masters by four shots from Martin Kaymer with a blistering final round 62, claiming back-to-back titles for the first time in his career after taking the Johnnie Walker Championship last week. The victory was his third of the season, his 13th European Tour title and his 19th worldwide win, and moves Bjorn 31 places to world no. 28, having started the year at no. 124. Kaymer reclaims the world no. 3 spot, up two places. Rory McIlroy, who finished in a three-way tie for third a shot further back, climbs 2 spots to 4th, meaning that Europeans once again hold the top four spots in the World Ranking.

Masatsugo Morofuji triumphed on the Japan Golf Tour after a final round of 69 proved enough to take the rain shortened Fujisankei Classic by three shots from Mardan Mamat. It is the Japanese golfer’s maiden title on his home circuit and he now finds himself at 423 on the Official World Golf Ranking.

England’s Gary Christian won the Nationwide Tour’s Mylan Classic and in doing so looks to have secured a spot on the PGA Tour for 2012, having never teed it up there before. Christian currently lies fourth on the money list and 286 on the World Ranking.

Tiger Woods has now slipped to 44th in the World Ranking.

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