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Lee Westwood leaps to world no. 5

Lee Westwood won the Portugal Masters ending a spell of more than two years without a title. His victory at the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura came with a 23-under-par total and was by two strokes from Italian Francesco Molinari and by four from Padraig Harrington. As well as taking Westwood to the top of the European Tour Race to Dubai Ranking, this win sees him climb to world number five, just one behind his best ever and a rise of six places on the week. Harrington's third place finish also moves him up one to sixth.

Scotland's Martin Laird prevailed in a three-way play-off to claim his first PGA Tour win at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. Laird moved into a play-off with George McNeill and Chad Campbell after the trio finished the final round locked together on 19 under par, and it was the Scot, having earlier shot a final-round 68, who won on the third extra hole. Laird moves to World Number 108, an improvement of 129 positions.

Ryuichi Oda claimed his first career title in the Japan Open as he came out on top of a three-way play-off. The 32-year-old birdied the 18th for a five-under-par final-round score of 67, meaning he joined Ryo Ishikawa and veteran Yasuharu Imano in a play-off at the Musashi Country Club. There Oda held his nerve to birdie the second play-off hole with Ishikawa and Imano managing only to make par. The win takes Oda to World Number 167 a leap of 262 places.

This week's other winners were Chad Collins at the Miccosukee Championship on the Nationwide Tour and Liang Wen-chong at the Midea China Classic on the OneAsia Tour.

October 19, 2009

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