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BMW drives Peter Hanson into World Top 20
October 29, 2012

Peter Hanson recovered from a late charge by World Number One Rory McIlroy to edge out the Northern Irishman by a single stroke and pick up the biggest win of his career at the BMW Masters. At one point on the final day Hanson had led the second placed McIlroy by four shots, but an eagle-birdie run from 15 applied the pressure to the leading Swede, who made a fine up and down from sand at 17 to remain two clear. He again found the bunker at 18, and having been refused relief for a plugged lie, was able to pitch on and two putt for the win once McIlroy had missed from close in for a birdie that would have tied. Hanson now finds himself in the world’s top 20 for the first time in his career having jumped eight places to number 17 on the Official World Golf Ranking.

For the second week in a row on the PGA Tour the final round climax was consumed by thoughts of 59 as Nick Watney, the new world number 16, eventually signed for a course-record round of 61 to claim the CIMB Classic. Starting the day four shots off the pace in a tie for seventh, in an event co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour, victory was never really on Watney’s mind, but 11 birdies in 17 holes remedied that, leaving him with the luxury of a bogey down the last to win by a stroke from Robert Garrigus and Bo Van Pelt.

Justin Bolli fired a Sunday 65 to claim victory at the Web.Com Tour Championship, and not only jump into the 25 that graduate to the PGA Tour next year, but also climb 314 places on the World Ranking to 272nd place.

Starting five shots back on the final day at the Mynavi ABC Championship did not faze Han Lee who fired a stunning Sunday 63 to win by one from Katsumasa Miyamoto and climb 258 places to world number 268.

In a marquee week for Espen Kofstad he not only picked up his second Challenge Tour title of the year at the Apulia San Domenico Grand Final, but he also claimed rankings glory, en route to graduating to The European Tour next season. Kofstad, who won earlier in the year at the Acaya Golf Open, finished 19 under for the week after four rounds in the 60s to edge out overnight leader Joachim B Hansen and the charging James Busby. Thanks to this Kofstad now finds himself in the world’s top 200 for the first time in his career, after a jump of 83 places to 180th spot.

Ruan de Smidt shot a solid 71 in the final round of the Suncoast Classic to claim a maiden Sunshine Tour title and move into the world’s top 600 at 597th.

Amateur, and 18-year old, Oliver Goss picked up professional gold at the John Hughes Geely / Nexus Risk Services WA Open Championship after edging out fellow amateur Brady Watt in a titanic five hole play-off moving him a staggering 693 places up the world ranking and into the top 800 at equal 768th.

Baek Joo-yeop shot rounds of 66-66-71 to win the Windsor Open on the Korean Golf Tour by a stroke from Lee Ki-sang and move to equal 768th in the world.


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