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Gonzo lifts sixth title and cements Top 50 place
September 17, 2012

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño stormed to European Tour title number six at the BMW Italian Open with a scintillating Sunday display that eventually saw him post 24-under par and win by two from South Africa’s Garth Mulroy. The win was clearly down to some fine shot making under pressure, but as is always the difference, it was the Spaniard who holed the most clutch putts in the final round to eventually edge out Mulroy who was looking for his second title on the Tour. The win may have come a couple of weeks too late for Fernandez-Castaño, who was in the hunt for Ryder Cup selection most of the summer, but he will take consolation in the fact that he is now firmly established in the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 50 at 37th spot, up eight places.

Gaganjeet Bhullar claimed a third career Asian Tour title at the weather shortened Yeangder Tournament Players Championship after a closing 69 gave him a four stroke victory over Jason Knutzon and Thaworn Wiratchant. It was sweet revenge for Bhullar who lost out to Wiratchant last week at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters, and it sees him back inside the world’s top 200, after a jump of 75 places to 165th position.

Hiroyuki Fujita held off a charging Wen-Chong Liang on Sunday to win by a shot at the Japan Golf Tour’s ANA Open. Starting the final round two back from 54-hole leader Hyung Sung Kim, Fujita hung tough to fire a closing 68 and edge a shot clear of a second placed quartet that included Liang, Kim, Kurt Barnes and Yuta Ikeda. This is the Japanese veteran’s 14th win on the JGTO, and has him 12 places better off in the world rankings at 66th position.

Luke Guthrie fired a tournament record score of 22-under par to claim his maiden professional title at the Web.com Tour’s Albertson’s Boise Open. A closing 65 got the job done for Guthrie, who has been balancing a golf career with his studies at the University of Illinois this season, and thanks to this four stroke victory the 22-year old rookie is now up inside the top 200 in the world at a career high 175.

Scot Henry picked up the biggest win of his professional career at the Kazakhstan Open after a play-off victory over Austria’s HP Bacher. Starting the day two shots back, Scotland’s Henry started quickly with a host of birdies on the front nine, but a double at 15 saw him overtaken by Bacher who finished strong with a closing round of 64. However, one stroke back and faced with a 25 foot putt for birdie and a play-off on the last, Henry rolled it right in the heart and took the tournament to extra holes where a par at the second hole gave him victory. Thanks to this Henry is now up to 361st place in the world after a jump of 316 spots.

Ariel Cañete won the second title in the inaugural season of the PGA Tour Latinoamérica after a two shot victory at the Transamerican Power Products Open. During a week plagued by rain delays the sun shone on Sunday as Cañete had to complete his final 34 holes, firstly finishing off a third round 67, before firing a closing 68 in the afternoon to win by a couple from last week’s winner Tommy Cocha. Cañete, who won the 2007 Joburg Open on The European Tour, is now back inside the top 600 on the world ranking after a bump 241 places up to 568th.

Kim Dae Sub shot seven under on the weekend at the Dongbu Promi Open to pick up his first win of the season on the Korean Golf Tour. Thanks to this victory Sub is now 685 places better off on the world ranking at 761st position.

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