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Pettersson reaches 35th as McIlroy retakes top spot
April 16, 2012

Sweden's Carl Pettersson won the RBC Heritage in South Carolina by a convincing five shots finishing with a two under par 69 to end the tournament at Harbour Town on 14 under par. Zach Johnson finished second after a 70 with Colt Knost a shot further back in third on eight under par after a disappointing 74. Petterson jumps comfortably back into the World Top 50 with a 33 position improvement to 35th. Luke Donald, who needed to finish Top 8 to prevent Rory McIlroy passing him and becoming World Number One, finished in tied 37th place. McIlroy begins a second spell at the top and a third week in total as the World Number One.

Louis Oosthuizen bounced back from Major disappointment with a commanding display at the Maybank Malaysian Open to win by three shots from second place Scot Stephen Gallacher. Starting one shot clear, the Masters runner-up never really gave anyone else a chance, shooting his fourth round in the 60s to post an unbeatable 17 under par for the week. It is Oosthuizen’s fifth win on The European Tour, and his second of the year after his Africa Open triumph in January, and sees the South African complete a triad of top tournaments that has seen his Official World Golf Ranking climb from 38th four weeks ago to 12th as the result of this latest triumph.

Brendan Jones shot a stunning Sunday 62 at the Token Homemate Cup to storm to a two shot victory over Ryuichi Oda. Starting the day three shots back of Shingo Katayama, the third round leader, Jones shot nine under par to streak clear of the field on a low scoring final day at the Token Tado Country Club Nagoya. It is the Australian’s 11th win on the Japan Golf Tour in what was the season opening event of the season, and as a result not only sees him top the money list early on, but sees him climb 30 places on the World Ranking to 86th.

Alex Aragon braved a week of weather delays, and a few mishaps away from the links, to record his first Nationwide Tour victory with a one shot win at the TPC Stonebrae Championship. First of all on Thursday morning Aragon locked his car keys in his vehicle, the only thing stopping him from missing his tee time being one of a few fog delays during the week, before leaving his wallet at a service station the following day. This failed to phase the 33 year old Aragon though, who climbs to fourth on the Nationwide Tour Money List with the win, and 506 places on the World Ranking to 387th spot.

In a dramatic final round at the Cordoba Golf Club, Argentina’s César Costilla claimed his third Tour de las Americas’ career title at the 81st Abierto OSDE del Centro presentado por Claro. César Monasterio, a winner on the European Tour in 2006, missed a three-footer for par at the 72nd hole to drop out of a two-way tie for first. Costilla moves up to World Number 393.

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