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Rory McIlroy widens Ranking lead with 5-birdie burst
November 27, 2012

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy crowned a superb 2012 season by increasing his stranglehold on the top spot with victory at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. It was not all plain sailing on Sunday though, even though McIlroy shared the lead after 54-holes, having to fend off a scintillating 62 from Justin Rose which had put him in the box seat, until the Northern Irishman fired off five birdies in a row from the 14th to usurp his Ryder Cup teammate and claim a two shot win. His fifth title of the season, four of which have come in his last nine starts, increases his lead atop the Official World Golf Rankings to almost 4½ average points and cements his place heading into the new season, having topped both the European and PGA Tour’s money lists.

Jung-Gon Hwang had the lead, or a share of it, all week at the Casio World Open and his final round 66 on Sunday proved enough to win by three strokes from Kunihiro Kamii. The win is the second of Hwang’s young professional career on the Japan Golf Tour, having picked up a maiden title at the Gate Way to the Open Mizuno Open last June, and as a result the twenty-year old Korean climbs into the world’s top 200 for the first time in his career at 154th spot.

Jake Higginbottom became the first amateur in 56-years to be crowned BMW New Zealand Open champion after a five under par final round ensured a one shot victory. The last man to achieve this feat was fellow Australian Harry Berwick back in 1956, only two years after the legendary left-hander, and New Zealand golfing legend, Bob Charles had done the same. The win, while not yielding any prize money, has seen Higginbottom fly up the world rankings, and after a jump of 588 spots, he is now up in 374th place.

Jake Roos rolled in a 15-foot birdie at the second extra hole to take the title at the inaugural Lion of Africa Cape Town Open at Royal Cape Golf Club. This yielded his fifth Sunshine Tour title, and his third this year, with all his wins coming as the result of play-offs. This time, having shot a final round 68 to post nine-under par alongside compatriots Tyrone van Aswegen, Mark Williams and Jaco Van Zyl, Roos took the title when he rolled in his 15-footer from the fringe on their second trip down 18 in extra holes. The win vaults Roos up into 260th place on the world ranking.

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