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Rose returns to world top 10 with WGC win
March 12, 2012

Taming the Blue Monster is never easy but England’s Justin Rose made it look that way en route to the biggest win of his career so far at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. This was his fourth on the PGA Tour, continuing a run of victories in some of the biggest events on the circuit, having previously won at Memorial, the AT&T National and last September’s Barclays Championship as part of the FedEx Cup series. Starting the day three back of Bubba Watson, Rose had his challengers, namely Keegan Bradley and World Number One Rory McIlroy, however he hung tough on Doral’s monstrous back nine to eventually take the title by a single stroke. Watson had looked out of it on the front nine, but hit a stunning shot from the right rough on the last to some eight feet to give himself a chance, however when he failed to convert to force a playoff, he was consigned to finish runner-up. The win sees Rose climb 15 places and up into seventh on the Official World Golf Ranking, while Rory McIlroy’s third place finish sees him extend his lead over Luke Donald at the top of the standings.

George McNeill carded a trio of closing birdies at the Puerto Rico Open to snatch victory away from Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa to pick up his second win on the PGA Tour. Having not won since the Frys.com Open in 2007, McNeill entered the final few holes a shot back of Ishikawa, before putting together a scintillating title tilt that saw him eventually win by a couple of strokes. As a result he is now some 70 spots better off on the World Ranking, residing this week at an impressive 106.

Nationwide Tour Rookie Paul Haley II took the title at the Chile Classic presented by Pacific Rubiales in only his third professional start, shooting a final round 71 en route to a three stoke triumph. Having started the day six clear of the chasing pack after some dominant play in the first few round, Haley looked certain of victory and, while he admitted his final round wasn’t pretty, it was still more than good enough for him to pick up the win. His reward – aside from the trophy, the winner’s cheque and an exemption on the Tour – a 963 place vault up the Ranking into 456th spot.

Phillip Archer battled strong winds and a tricky layout at the Baranquilla CC to pick up the third Challenge Tour win of his career at the Pacific Rubiales Comlombia Classic. Starting the final round a shot back of overnight leader Nick Dougherty, Archer ground out a final round of 70 with a birdie at the last proving the final piece of his victory puzzle, as he edged out compatriot Chris Lloyd and Denmark’s Morten Orum Madsen by a shot. The win sees Archer climb to the top of the Challenge Tour Ranking with the top 20 at season’s end graduating to The European Tour, and he also finds himself 172 places higher in the World at 287 on the list.

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