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Katayama back in top 50 with Japan Tour Championship win

Japanese Number one Shingo Katayama won the UBS Japan Golf Tour Championship at Shishido Hills by a stroke from Naoya Takemoto. Katayama moves back into the World Top 50 in 42nd place, an improvement of 13 positions.

Graeme Storm from England overcame an overnight five-stroke deficit to win the Open de France Alstom title by a shot from the 54-hole leader, Denmark's Soren Hansen. Storm shot a closing round of five-under-par 66 for a seven-under-par total of 277 and climbs 82 places to 123rd in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Brian Bateman holed from twelve feet for a birdie at the 72nd hole for a 15-under-par total and victory at the Buick Open at Warwick Hills G&CC, Michegan. Bateman's birdie ended the playoff hopes of Jason Gore, Justin Leonard and Woody Austin, all in the clubhouse with totals of 14-under-par. Picking up his first World Ranking Points of 2007 Bateman leaps from World Number 408 into the top 150 in 138th position.

This week's other winners were Roland Thatcher at the Peek'n Peak Classic on the Nationwide Tour, Ross McGowan at the Estoril Challenge de Portugal on the European Challenge Tour and Mike Grob at the ATB Financial Classic on the Canadian Tour.

July 2, 2007


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