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Greg Chalmers wins again and rises to 63rd
November 28, 2011

Greg Chalmers has picked up back-to-back titles in his native Australia after a tightly fought playoff victory over fellow countrymen Robert Allenby and Marcus Fraser at the Australian PGA Championship. Having won the Australian Open only a fortnight before, the left handed Chalmers kept his cool in extra holes to post a par - and with his playing partners unable to match it - he collected the Stonehaven Cup. With his Down Under double, Chalmers now has the opportunity to pick up an Australian triple only previously achieved by Robert Allenby in 2005, when he heads to the Australian Masters next month. Until then he can take solace in the fact that his heroic fortnight has seen him rocket back up The Official World Golf Rankings and into 63rd place.

There were more hometown heroics, this time at the South African Open Championship, as Hennie Otto overcame a twitchy back nine to pick up his national open title. It is Otto’s second win on the European Tour, having won the Italian Open back in 2008, and his third of the year in his native South Africa. It had looked comfortable for Otto on Sunday, starting the day three in front, but a closing 68 from Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger applied a little pressure to the leader who lead by three with six to play at the Serengeti GC. Three bogeys in four from 13 saw Otto fall back though, into a tie with his main challenger, but a clutch birdie down 17 and a par at the last were enough to take the title and climb 104 places in the World to 122 on the ranking.

Tadahiro Takayama converted a 54-hole lead at the Casio World Open into a two stroke victory over compatriot Yusaku Miyazato to pick up his fifth victory on the Japan Golf Tour. Having lead by a solitary shot heading into Sunday’s final round, a closing 68 was enough to see him extend his lead to two and take the title at the Kochi Kuroshio Country Club. With this win, his second of 2011, Takayama now finds himself 40 places higher in the World Rankings at 126th.

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