WEEK 33 Phil Mickelson 25 consecutive years inside the World Top 50

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Adam Scott this week becomes the 17th player to hold the World Number One position. With Tiger Woods presently out of action his ranking average is reducing by around 0.2 average points each week. The Top 5 players in the Ranking are currently separated by less than one average point.

European Tour – Open de Espana

Miguel Angel Jiménez finally won the Open de España at the 27th attempt to extend his own record as the oldest winner in European Tour history.

Jiménez let slip an early two shot lead before defeating Richard Green and Thomas Pieters on the first hole of a sudden-death play-off after the trio had finished tied on four under par following an attritional final round at PGA Catalunya Resort.

The players returned to the 18th for the play-off and all three failed to find the fairway or green in regulation, but Jiménez almost holed his chip from the back of the green for a birdie and a par proved good enough.

Green failed to get up and down from over the green and overnight leader Pieters, whose approach had come up short, saw his par putt catch the lip of the hole and stay out.

Jiménez has now won 21 European Tour titles, 14 of them coming since he turned 40, and Sunday's hard-fought victory continues a remarkable season.

PGA Tour – HP Byron Nelson Championship

Brendon Todd was shocked when he saw his ball settled at the base of a tree by the 13th green in the final round of the Byron Nelson Championship.

As good as he is with his short game, it wasn't natural for the slender 6-foot-3 Todd to set up left-handed and hit the ball with the back side of a 4-iron.

"Definitely, without a doubt," Todd said when asked if it was his most unique shot in a competitive round.

And it came in his first PGA Tour victory, a two-stroke win Sunday over Mike Weir.

Todd saved par at the 185-yard 13th hole after knocking the ball to 7 feet, part of a bogey-free 4-under 66. He finished at 14-under 266.

Web.com – BMW Charity Pro-Am Presented by SYNNEX Corporation

Max Homa fired a bogey-free, 8-under 63 Sunday to win the BMW Charity Pro-Am and earn his first career title on the Web.com Tour. Homa started the final round at Thornblade Club two shots off the pace but charged into contention with an eagle and two birdies in his first four holes and went on to finish at 20-under 266, one better than Jonathan Randolph (63), who posted his 19-under total and was hoping for a possible playoff.

Sunshine Tour - Mopani Copper Mines Zambia Open

On Sunday Wallie Coetsee lifted his first trophy in 17 years after winning the Mopani Copper Mines Zambia Open and it was an emotional moment for the 42-year-old.

 “There are no words to describe how this feels, it’s just so special. I knew that victory was close and today it came down to having 22 years of experience. I hit the shots like I practice them every day,” he said.

 A crucial par save at the 12th hole set him on course for the victory, but the Jeffrey’s Bay local had to dig deep to prevent runners-up Danie van Tonder and Justin Harding from catching up.

Korean Golf Tour / One Asia - SK Telecom Open

Journeyman Kim Seung-hyuk birdied the last for a two-under-par 70 on Sunday to win OneAsia's SK Telecom Open by a shot from Lee Tae-hee (69) and Kim Kyung-tae (71) at Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, west of Seoul.

The 28-year-old Korean finished 11 under par around the 6,622-metre (7,241-yard) Ocean Course to claim his first professional title in a career that started in 2005.

Australian David Bransdon (69) also challenged down the stretch but had to settle for fourth place at nine under, while star attraction K.J. Choi (68) was a shot further behind.

Asian Tour - ICTSI Philippine Open

Marcus Both of Australia secured an emphatic victory at the ICTSI Philippine Open on Sunday to revive his career after thinking of quitting the game last year.

The towering Aussie, who lost his Asian Tour card last year for the first time since 2003, posted a two-under-par 70 for a winning total of six-under-par 282 at the US$300,000 Asian Tour event.

EurAsia Cup star Siddikur Rahman (69) of Bangladesh, Tour rookie Nathan Holman (70) of Australia, Thailand’s Arnond Vongvanij (70) and home heroes Antonio Lascuna (70) and Jay Bayron (72) finished two shots back for tied second on 284.

Overnight leader Chan Kim of the United States battled tooth-and-nail for his first Asian Tour victory before settling for a share of 10th place following a round of 76 at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

Both was almost reduced to tears after winning his third Asian Tour title and ending a five-year title drought on the region’s premier Tour. The victory was even sweeter as the Australian lost his playing rights last year and had to rely on a sponsor’s invite this week.

Challenge Tour - Turkish Airlines Challenge

Oliver Farr dedicated his maiden European Challenge Tour win to his late grandfather after the Welshman produced a stunning birdie at the final hole to claim a two-shot victory at the Turkish Airlines Challenge.

The 26 year old carded a two under par final round 70 to finish two shots clear of a packed field after a dramatic day in which the lead exchange hands several times at National Golf Club.

The pristine parkland course in the southern Turkish resort of Belek once again provided a stern test for the players, but Farr produced the goods at crunch time to come from three shots back at the start of the day and finish top on two under par.

Despite a slow start, bogeying the first hole on the way to a level par front nine, the Shropshire man came out fighting on the back nine and, while a birdie at the par three 11th was soon followed by a bogey at the 14th, he cancelled that out straight away with a four at the par five 15th.

Then came the performance of a true champion, as he placed a perfect drive down the 18th before firing a superb approach over the greenside water hazard to five feet, tapping in for a birdie and a first Challenge Tour title in just the fourth tournament of his rookie season.

PGA Tour China – Wuhan Open

Brett Drewitt wasn’t expecting to be in a playoff as he watched playing partner Xin Jun Zhang arrive at the 18th green. With Zhang holding a one-shot lead on the 18th hole, Drewitt expected Zhang to two-putt and win the tournament. When Zhang’s par putt from five feet missed, it opened the door for Drewitt, and he took advantage, capturing the United Investment Real Estate Wuhan Open with a birdie putt on the second hole.

The victory is Drewitt’s first since he turned pro last year.

Zhang’s missed putt on 18 -- his only bogey of the day -- forced the first playoff in PGA TOUR China Series history, an extra session that also included China’s Hao Tong Li, all finishing at 8-under 280.

Despite the lifeline it provided Drewitt, as Zhang missed his par putt, the Australian even winced a little.