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Westwood no. 4 - six Europeans in world top ten

Lee Westwood won the Dubai World Championship presented by DP World after a bogey free final round 64 secured a six shot victory and with it The Race to Dubai title for 2009. Westwood, who led by two overnight, fired one of the finest rounds of his career to take the €830,675 first prize at the Earth course and also become European number one for the second time in his career. The win takes him back to world number four equalling his career best. Ross McGowan came second to move to world number 70 while Rory McIlroy's third place finish moves him to world number ten and marks the first occasion in the history of the Official World Golf Ranking that Europe can boast six players in the world top ten.

Further European success was achieved in Japan at the Dunlop Phoenix where 2009 Challenge Tour Rankings runaway winner Edoardo Molinari defeated 2008 European number one Robert Karlsson in a play-off after the pair tied on 13-under-par 271, six shots ahead of their nearest challengers. Molinari jumps 24 places to world number 63 while Karlsson moves up 3 to world number 25.

Australia's Marcus Both won his maiden Asian Tour title by securing a one-stroke victory over Malaysia's Shaaban Hussin at the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open. The win takes Both the world number 243 a leap of 123 positions.

November 23, 2009

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