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Rory McIlroy shows why he is No. 1
September 11, 2012

Rory McIlroy exhibited just why he is the World Number One by charging to victory in the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick. The 23 year old Northern Irishman played beautifully to secure a third win in four starts and a second in succession following last week’s triumph at the Deutsche Bank Championship, becoming the first player to win back-to-back titles on the US PGA Tour since Tiger Woods three years ago. A closing 67 containing six birdies, 11 pars and a solitary bogey on the final hole saw him finish two clear of Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson on 20 under.

Peter Hanson was thrilled to end a traumatic week on a high note after overhauling Pablo Larrazábal to claim victory in the KLM Open. The European Ryder Cup player came close to withdrawing from the event at Hilversumsche GC after his one year old son Tim was hospitalised with a respiratory virus on Friday. Upon receiving positive news on his child’s condition, Hanson opted to continue and the decision paid off as he secured a fifth European Tour title with a stunning eagle at the 18th.He finished on 14 under, having surpassed the four players - including Larrazábal - who had held the lead at the beginning of the final round to triumph by two strokes. The win takes Hanson to World Number 23, an improvement of 11 positions.

Wu Ashun from China won the Toshin Golf Tournament on the Japan Golf Tour after a playoff with Japan's Yuta Ikeda, runner up for the second consecutive week. Both players had matching rounds of 65 66 67 in the weather reduced tournament. Wu jumps up 318 spots to World Number 279.

This week's other winners were Thaworn Wiratchant at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters on the Asian Tour, Alexandre Kaleka at the M2M Russian Challenge Cup on the Challenge Tour, Tommy Cocha at the Mundo Maya Open presentado por Corona on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica, Trevor Fisher-Jr at the Vodacom Origins - Sishen on the Sunshine Tour, Eugene Wong at the The Great Waterway Classic on the Canadian Tour and Matthew Griffin at the High1 Resort Open on the OneAsia Tour.

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