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Maiden pro victory takes Rickie Fowler to world no. 24
October 10, 2011

American Rickie Fowler emphatically claimed a first career victory at the Kolon Korea Open on Sunday after storming to a six shot win over US Open champion Rory McIlroy at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club. Fowler, 22, carded a three-under-par 68 final round to top the leaderboard at 16-under-par overall and complete a wire-to-wire win. McIlroy produced a fourth round rally after playing his final 11 holes in seven-under-par to card a superb 64, but the 22-year-old was left to rue a third round 73 as the World Number Three was forced to settle for a second consecutive runner-up finish. The win takes Fowler up 12 places to World Number 24.

Lee Slattery captured his first European Tour title at the Bankia Madrid Masters. Two clear at the start of the final round, the 33 year old Englishman bogeyed two of his first five holes, regained control with four birdies in five holes from the 11th and, despite a seven at the last, a 71 gave him a 15 under par total and victory at El Encin Golf Hotel. Italian Lorenzo Gagli, playing with Slattery, finished one shot behind. Slattery's win sees him jump 163 positions to World Number 165.

Bryce Molder won the Open at CordeValle in California after edging out Briny Baird at the sixth extra hole - the longest play-off of the year on the PGA Tour. Molder outlasted Baird to finally prevail on the sixth extra hole with a birdie on the par-four 18th at CordeValle for the first victory of his career and a leap of 47 places to 108th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Kenichi Kuboya's final round of 69 proved good enough for the 39-year-old to take the Cannon Open on the Japan Golf Tour by two strokes. Kuboya collected an eagle, two birdies and a bogey over his final 18 holes at Totsuka Country Club to finish 14 under par, two clear of Brad Kennedy, Chawalit Plaphol and Mamo Osani. Kuboya's win takes him to World Number 224, a leap of 129 positions.

This week's other winners were Miguel Carballo at the Children's Hospital Classic on the Nationwide Tour, Lu Wei-chih at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship on the Asian Tour, Julien Quesne at the ALLIANZ Golf Open de Lyon on the Challenge Tour and Oscar Alvarez at the 58 Aberto do Brasil on the Tour des las Americas.


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