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Bjorn and Wilson climb Ranking and gain entry to WGC
February 7, 2011

Thomas Björn won his 11th European Tour title at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy, after seeing his overnight one shot lead wiped out by Markus Brier at the first hole. Then, when the Austrian fell away, 2009 winner Alvaro Quiros charged to within one on the back nine. But the former Ryder Cup star, an assistant to Colin Montgomerie at The Celtic Manor Resort last year, stayed calm to record a closing round of 69 and win by four shots on 14 under. The win takes Björn to World Number 60, a jump of 74 positions.

Mark Wilson won his second PGA Tour title of the season at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the second hole of a play-off with fellow American Jason Dufner. The tournament had spilled into an extra day because of frost delays on Thursday and Friday. Scotland's Martin Laird and Fijian Vijay Singh shared third place, two strokes behind on 16 under par, while the hopes of third-round leader Tommy Gainey were ended by a triple-bogey seven on the 17th. Wilson, who ended 2010 as World Number 230, makes another significant jump in the Ranking this week, from 91st to 51st.

Both Björn and Wilson look to have secured their spots in the field for the WGC-Accenture Match Play which starts Wednesday week. The qualification cut off is the Week 7 - 2011 Official World Golf Ranking to determine the field of 64.


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