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Dufner enters top 20 as Luke Donald reclaims No. 1
April 30, 2012

Jason Dufner won his first PGA Tour title by beating Ernie Els at the second extra hole of a play-off for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. The pair tied after 72 holes after the veteran South African had made up a three-shot deficit on Dufner, the overnight leader, with a round of 67. The first extra hole was halved in par but second time around Dufner rolled his long eagle putt up to the holeside with Els just off the green in three after finding sand off the tee. After Els missed his birdie try Dufner tapped in for his first victory after three runner-up finishes. The win takes Dufner up 10 places to World Number 20 and Els moves back into the World Top 50 for the first time in 6 months, up 23 places to 40th. Luke Donald reclaims the World Number One Position with a third place finish in New Orleans.

Bernd Wiesberger became the sixth first time winner on the 2012 European Tour with a dominant display in the final three rounds to win by five at the Ballantine’s Championship. The key to the 26 year old Austrian’s success was his ability to keep mistakes off his card, going bogey free for the final 59 holes of the event, meaning that he never gave the chasing pack any hope of catching him in the final round. After a solid 72 on a tricky opening day, superb rounds of 65-65-68 were more than enough to guarantee victory, and make Wiesberger the third Austrian in history to win on The European Tour. His reward, aside from a maiden title, a 75 place jump on the Official World Golf Ranking to 95th spot.

Jang Ik-Jae fired consecutive rounds of 66 over the weekend at The Crowns to claim his first title of 2012 on the Japan Golf Tour. Starting two shots adrift heading into the final round he posted five birdies and a solitary bogey to leapfrog those around him and win by a couple from Japan’s Yoshikazu Haku and Australia’s Steven Cochran. Thanks to his victory the Korean Jang climbs 222 places on the World Ranking and into the top 300 at 270.

Luke List entered the South Georgia Classic set on making it his week, and he did just that, firing rounds of 67-68-69-68 to win by two from fellow American Brian Stuard. It is the first Nationwide Tour victory of the 27 year old Nashville resident’s career, and stands him in good stead for the rest of the season as he tries to play his way onto the PGA Tour next year. The win sees him climb to 13th in the Nationwide Tour Money List, and he also leaps some 190 spots up to 288th position in the World Ranking.

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