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Branden Grace wins at the Links of Fancourt, in South Africa

South Africa - A week after capturing his first European title at the Joburg

Open, South African Branden Grace battled his idols, Ernie Els and Retief

Goosen in a playoff at the Volvo Golf Champions, in South Africa.

All three players finished at -12 in regulation, but in the playoff it was

Grace who took charge over his boyhood heroes.Grace and Retief Goosen

found the short grass from the tee, Els was in the left rough and forced to

lay up. Els would hit his approach to 15 feet in 3 shots, Goosen was short

right of the green and failed to chip close resulting in a par. Branden Grace

would find the front right of the green and two putt for his birdie 4.Els had a

putt to extend the playoff, but he missed, leaving Grace with a tap in and his

second title in two weeks.




La Quinta, California - Mark Wilson fired a Sunday final round 69 to capture the

Humana Challenge by two strokes on Sunday.


It was Wilson's fifth career win on the PGA Tour, he finished at 24 under par at the

Palmer Course at PGA West.


Johnson Wagner, John Mallinger and Robert Garrigus finished tied for second at 266.





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2012 Sony Open Champion Johnson Wagner


Honolulu, Hawaii - Johnson Wagner shot 67 on Sunday and

won the Sony Open by two strokes at Waialae Country Club.

The win was Wagner's second PGA Tour victory, and afterward

he reflected,  "I've won twice and learned from both of these

experiences that you think they just come so easy after that,"

Wagner said. "Hopefully I can settle down a bit and then not

think that winning is easy, because it is not, and it's hard. I've

worked very hard this off season, and it's just really nice to see it

pay off so early."


Harrison Frazar, Charles Howell III, Carl Pettersson and Sean O'Hair all finished T2 at -11. 


Complete scores:




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 Steve Stricker starts off 2012 as a champion


Hawaii-Steve Stricker fought a balky putter all day, but finished

off the field at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on the

Plantation Course at Kapalua.


Stricker (-23)finally got it goin on the back nine, and finished with

birdie on the 72nd hole (69) to outlast Martin Baird who shot 67

(-20), Jonathan Bird and Webb Simpson.


Stricker warmed up for the season opener by playing golf in

Scottsdale last week.Although he had an un-Stricker like 32 putts

in the final round, he made key putts on the eighth, twelfth,

sixteenth, and eighteenth to seal the deal.


"I've worked hard on my game, I was rusty in December, I've

always wanted to win one of these early events in Hawaii"


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Lee Westwood officially moved to #2 in the World Golf Rankings after his win in Thailand



Bangkok, Thailand - Lee Westwood shot 69 Sunday and went wire to wire to win the Thailand

Golf Championship.Westwood beat Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel by seven strokes.

"It means a lot, any win does," Westwood said. "It's special this week because of the difficulty

of the golf course, who I was up against in the weekend.

"Charl is the Masters champion and he has had a great year. The fact that I led wire to wire (60

in the first round and 64 in the second round), 20 under after two rounds . . . it's yours to lose

really with an 11-shot lead. There was pressured involved."



Official World Golf Rankings for 2011 . . . . . . '10 rank

1. Luke Donald



2. Lee Westwood



3. Rory McIlroy



4. Martin Kaymer



5. Adam Scott



6. Steve Stricker



7. Dustin Johnson



8. Jason Day



9. Charl Schwartzel



10. Webb Simpson






2011 JB Were Masters Champion Ian Poulter


Melbourne -Ian Poulter capped off a successful 2011 by winning the JB Were

Austrailian Masters at Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne.Poulter who finished at

-15, won by three over Marcus Fraser and third round leader Geoff Ogilvy.


"For me it was a pure ball-striking round of golf," Poulter said. "My concentration

was flawless the whole day. I was happy how I approached every shot."


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Dubai - Lexi Thompson wins again to become the youngest player to win on both the

European Womens Tour and the LPGA, her five under 67 Sunday was good enough to

win by four strokes.



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