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Tiger at World No. 4 with three wins in seven starts
July 2, 2012

Tiger Woods made it three wins in his last seven starts at Congressional Country Club en route to the AT&T National title. It is the second time the World Number Four has won the event that he himself hosts, and thanks to four solid rounds of golf throughout the week he was able to edge out compatriot Bo Van Pelt by two strokes on Sunday. The victory also saw him pass Jack Nicklaus’ PGA Tour wins record, putting Woods second on the all-time list with 74, and left to chase down record holder Sam Snead who lies some eight further ahead.

Jamie Donaldson made it 255th time lucky with a dominant maiden European Tour title finally coming at The Irish Open. The event was the first in Tour history to be sold out, and the record crowds at Royal Portrush cheered home the Welshman who finished birdie-birdie to rubber stamp a four shot victory over second placed trio Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Anthony Wall and Fabrizio Zanotti. The win comes at the end of a strong run of form these past few seasons that has seen him in and around the top 100 on the World Ranking, however the events of this last week have seen him reach new heights after a 45 place jump to a career best 63rd place.

Peter Tomasulo made it career win number three after a weather delayed play-off triumph at the United Leasing Championship, the first event on the newly named Web.com Tour. Starting two back in the final round, the 30-year old Californian made a birdie run on the front nine that saw him take the lead, which he would hang onto it until the 18th tee. However when his tee shot down the last found water, and after a clutch up and down for bogey from the fairway, Tomasulo would face Sweden’s David Lingmerth in sudden death. No one could take the title on the first three extra holes, but after a brief weather delay his opponent found the water, leaving Tomasulo a tap in for par and the win. His reward is a healthy winner’s cheque and a leap of 486 places on the World Ranking to 397.

Raymond Russell continued his comeback from illness with a maiden Challenge Tour title at the Challenge Provincia di Varese. Starting the day three clear of the chasing pack the Scotsman looked in control throughout Sunday, and despite a final round charge from Daniel Vancsik who shot a superb 64 to get within touching distance, Russell hung on for a one stroke win. It marks a dramatic upturn in fortune after missing all but one event in 2011 on The European Tour due to illness, and this win will go a long way to helping him return there next season, as he now lies sixth on the Challenge Tour Ranking. This result also sees him climb the world list, where he now finds himself 330 places better off at 379th spot.

Cory Renfrew made it Canadian Tour win number one this week after coming through a four hole play-off against compatriot Matt Hill at the Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON. The win came thanks to a fantastic final round 63, his second course record of the week after a Friday 64, and when he birdied the fourth extra hole it secured him the title and a 346 place jump on the Official World Golf Rankings to 612th position.

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