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Sergio Garcia returns to world top 20 in Spain
October 31, 2011

Sergio Garcia’s resurgence continued as he became the first Spaniard to win a strokeplay event at Club de Golf Valderrama with a battling triumph at the Andalucía Masters. Garcia, also a winner on home soil in last week’s Castelló Masters and three times a runner-up at this venue in 2004, 2005 and 2006, carded a level par 71 to finish on six under in Sotogrande.That put him one clear of Miguel Ángel Jiménez, who led for much of the front nine and then birdied 16 and 17 to re-ignite his challenge, with Scotland’s Richie Ramsay a shot further back in third and Ireland’s Shane Lowry fourth on three under. The win takes Garcia up to World Number 18, an improvement of 13 positions, back in the World Top 20 after an absence of more than a year and a half.

Bo Van Pelt completed a six-shot victory in the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia, co-sanctioned between the Asian Tour and PGA Tour. Van Pelt led by one overnight and was quickly into his stride with a tap-in birdie at the par-five third, which was swiftly followed by another birdie at the fourth. More back-nine birdies saw Van Pelt stretch his lead over player partner Overton and he finished with a round of 64. The win takes Van Pelt to World Number 25, up 14 places.

Koichiro Kawano collected his first JGTO Tour title as he held his nerve to edge out Bae Sang-moon at the sixth play-off hole and win the Mynavi ABC Championship. Bae had carded a fine 64 at ABC Golf Club to top the leaderboard as a final round that featured 10 birdies and two bogeys saw the South Korean finish 15 under par. Kawano eagled the last to force a play-off after signing for a 67. Kawano then sank an eight-foot birdie putt at the sixth extra hole to lift the title. The win propels Kawano up 256 places to World Number 199.

Ken Duke won the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island with a final round of 4-under 68. With the win, Duke jumped from 36th on the money list to seventh, joining 24 other graduates, headed by J.J. Killeen who earned their PGA Tour cards for 2012. Duke is now World Number 279.

This week's other winners were Lee Sang-hee at the NH Open on the Korean Golf Tour and Emilio Dominguez at the Abierto del Nordeste on the Tour de las Americas.

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