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Howell climbs to world number 16 - Mickelson up to 3rd

Charles Howell-III won the Nissan Open in California on the third sudden-death play-off hole against Phil Mickelson. Howell, who began the final round three shots behind Mickelson, shot a final-round 65. Howell climbs 29 places to World Number 16 giving him a total improvement of 66 places so far in 2007. Mickelson moves up a spot to World Number 3.

Mikko Ilonen edged out Frankie Minoza of the Philippines, Shiv Kapur of India and Andrew Tampion of Australia to win the Indonesia Open by one stroke at Damai Indah Golf and Country Club in Jakarta. This first European Tour win ever by a Finn moves Illonen to World Number 182, a jump of 139 positions.

Scott Sterling holed a tricky three-footer to secure his first Nationwide Tour victory in the Jacobs Creek Open, a co-sanctioned event between the PGA Tour of Australia and Nationwide Tour. Sterling is the new World Number 392.

Richard Sterne won the Vodacom Championship on the Sunshine Tour at the second hole of a sudden death play-off from Louis Oosthuizen at Pretoria Country Club after the pair had been locked on 14-under par 274 after 72 holes of regulation play. Sterne moves to 155th in the Official World Golf Ranking, an improvement of 57 places.

Welshman Jamie Donaldson survived a thrilling fight with Argentina's Emilio Dominguez to complete an impressive wire-to-wire victory at the Abierto Telefonica de Guatemala. The 31-year old champion carded a final day 68 on his way to a 72-hole record of 23 under par 265. The win takes him to World Number 413.

February 19, 2007


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