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Grégory Bourdy enters world top 100

Grégory Bourdy held off a sustained charge by Rory McIlroy, who shot 64, to triumph by two shots at the UBS Hong Kong Open after a final round 67 earned him victory with a score of 19 under par 261. He produced a nerveless round that continued the superb putting that had been a prominent feature of his play all week in Fanling. The win, Bourdy’s third on the European Tour, earns him a place at the season-ending Dubai World Championship presented by: DP World while McIlroy's second place finish takes him to the head of the European Tour Race to Dubai ranking. Bourdy climbs 131 places to world number 86 while McIlroy jumps 4 spots to a career high world number 13.

World number one Tiger Woods won the JBWere Australian Masters at Kingston Heath from Australian Greg Chalmers. Woods, the joint leader after 54 holes with Chalmers and James Nitties, fired a final round 68 at the historic 6455 metre par 72 layout in Melbourne's renowned sandbelt to prevail by two shots from Chalmers whose final round 70 earned him outright second place. Woods' lead at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking is now 7.08 average points.

Stephen Ames fired a round-of-the-day 64 and then won a three-way play-off to win the Children's Miracle Network Classic on the PGA Tour at the Lake Buena Vista course in Florida. Ames clinched a fourth career PGA Tour title when Justin Leonard and George McNeill failed to par the second extra hole. The win takes Ames back into the world top 50 with a jump of 22 places to world number 49.

Yasuharu Imano secured his first win on the Japan Golf Tour in four years with a two-stroke victory at the Taiheiyo Masters, a win that takes him to world number 78, an improvement of 46 positions.

Hennie Otto parred the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to defeat Titch Moore and win the 72-hole R1-million MTC Namibia PGA Championship on the Sunshine Tour. The win moves Otto up 98 places to world number 241.

November 16, 2009

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