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Harrington hits career-high World No. 3

Padraig Harrigton successfully defended his title at The 137th Open Championship in superb style on a windswept final day at Royal Birkdale. Harrington carded a closing round of 69 for a three over total of 283, finishing four shots clear of Ryder Cup team-mate Ian Poulter who also shot 69.

Overnight leader Greg Norman finished tied third along with Sweden's Henrik Stenson. Harrington jumps 11 places to a career high World Number 3 while Poulter moves up to World Number 23 from 42nd. Stenson climbs six places from 17th into 11th.

Former world no. 1 Greg Norman, who held the position for a total of 331 weeks, a record second only to Tiger Woods, has reentered the world top 200 at no. 166, up from 646th, an improvement of 480 places and the biggest ever single leap since the creation of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Among the other high finishers, Jim Furyk in tied 5th moves up two spots to no. 10, and David Howell, who claimed a share of 7th place with a superb closing round of 67, reenters the top 200 at no. 194.

On the PGA Tour Sweden's Richard S Johnson won the US Bank Championship in Milwaukie by a stroke from Ken Duke.after both players birdied the 72nd hole. The victory propels Johnson 340 places up the Official World Golf Ranking to 272nd.

Colt Knost won his second Nationwide Tour Event in his Rookie season as he collected the Price Cutter Charity Championship by a margin of four strokes to rise 151 places to World Number 212.

This week's other winners were Andre Bossert at the MAN NÖ Open on the European Challenge Tour and Wes Heffernan at the Canadian Tour Players Cup.

July 21, 2008

 




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