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BMW drives Justin Rose to world no. 17
September 12, 2011

Justin Rose hung tough on Sunday to claim his third PGA Tour win at the BMW Championship, and in doing so, propelled himself right into contention for the season ending FedEx Cup Trophy. Rose went into Sunday’s final round at Cog Hill with a four shot lead, having led since day one, and under pressure from Australian John Senden he saw this dwindle to a solitary shot. However, when he needed it, a chip in from just short of the penultimate green gave him the comfort of a two-shot lead, and he duly parred the last to take the title. Not only does the win see Rose climb 31 places on the FedEx, but it also sees him jump twenty-three places, and back inside the World’s top 20, at seventeen.

Australian Kurt Barnes held off all home challengers around him en route to his maiden Japan Golf Tour title at the ANA Open. With two top tens already this season Barnes was a man in some form, and he proved it this week, finishing 13 under par for the week and one shot clear of a three way tie for second. He know finds himself at 143rd in the ranking.

The final man into the field at the Albertson’s Boise Open was left the last one standing as big hitting Tour rookie Jason Kokrak took his maiden title by two from John Mallinger. He only heard he was in the event on Tuesday morning, and it proved a great omen all week, shooting a bogey free four under par final round, while tied for the lead, to take the title and become the tenth first-time winner on the Tour this year. The win has seen the 26 year-old American fly up the rankings, and Kokrak now finds himself 328th in the world.

Chinese Taipei’s Chan Yih-Shin hit his opening shot of the final round out of bounds at the Macau Open presented by CityNeon, but rallied coming in to win by three from Australia’s David Gleeson. Through the turn Chan trailed Mo Joong-Kyung by a single stroke, but a chip on 12 followed by further birdies at 13, 14 and 16 were enough for him to take the title. It is his second win on the Asian Tour and sees him climb to 299th in the World.

On a very English leader board in Russia’s capital city, Sam Little was the big winner on Sunday, taking the M2M Russian Challenge Cup title by one from compatriot Andrew Johnston. Little had been four over par after his first four holes on Thursday, but played exceptionally well for the other 68 to finish at 11 under par and take his third Challenge Tour title, the first for seven years. He now finds himself assured of a place on the 2012 European Tour and up to 435th on the Official World Golf Ranking.

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