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Aaron Baddeley returns to world top 100
February 21, 2011

Aaron Baddeley shot a final-round 69 to win the Northern Trust Open by two shots in California. The Australian finished on 12 under par, clear of his closest challenger Vijay Singh, after four birdies and a double bogey in the final round at Pacific Palisades. Singh also also went round in 69, but his challenge was undermined by successive bogeys at the 12th and 13th holes. With his first win for four years on the PGA Tour, Baddeley, who had dropped to World Number 274 at the end of 2010, makes a jump on the week from 224th to 73rd.

S S P Chowrasia secured a home victory as he overcame Robert Coles in an exciting finish to the European and Asian Tour co-sanctioned Avantha Masters. The 32 year old Indian shot a closing round of 67 to finish 15 under par at DLF Golf and Country Club - one ahead of Coles, who saw his hopes of a first European Tour title denied in the cruellest of circumstances. Chowrasia looked to be cruising as he notched up seven birdies in his first 14 holes. But a double bogey at the par three 16th left the door open for Coles, who missed two golden birdie opportunities in the closing holes before taking four shots to get down from the edge of the green at the last. Chowrasia jumps 229 positions in the Official World Golf Ranking to 268th.

Hennie Otto cruised to a four-stroke victory in the R3.2-million Dimension Data Pro-Am, a tap-in birdie at the 72nd hole giving him a comfortable margin over second-placed James Kingston. George Coetzee eventually finished alone in third place after his final round of 74. Otto jumps 89 places to World Number 200.

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