THE Poms battled amongst themselves for the top spot in world golf this Easter weekend with Lee Westwood eventually taking the honour courtesy of a three stroke win at the 2011 Indonesian Masters in Jakarta.
Fellow countryman Luke Donald needed to win The Heritage US PGA Tour event in South Carolina to take the No.1 spot for the first time but was just shaded in a three hole playoff by American Brandt Snedeker.
Westwood previously held the top spot for 17 weeks before being replaced by Germany’s Martin Kaymer in February.
He went into the final round of the Indonesian event with a five stroke lead and shot a 69 to hold off a spirited final day charge from Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, who shot a flawless 65 to finish in second place.
“This will definitely be the most memorable birthday for me,” said Westwood, who was celebrating his 38th birthday.
Australia’s Marcus Both was third with a final round 66 putting him six strokes behind the Englishman. Aussie Darren Beck also came home strongly with a 67 to finish at 8-under tied for ninth.
In the US, Donald just needed a birdie on the final hole at the Harbour Town Golf Links to take both The Heritage tournament title and the World No.1 spot.
His eight iron approach shot on the tough par four found the front bunker and despite a great recovery the resulting par wasn’t enough to beat clubhouse leader Snedeker.
That propelled them into a playoff and they both managed to birdie the first playoff hole, the 18th.
They traded pars on the par three 17th but then Donald again found the front bunker on the18th, this time plugged quite badly.
A resulting chip lipped out and Snedeker had a regulation two putt to take the title.
The best of the Aussies was Nick O’Hern who finished T6 with a final round 68 seeing him at 8-under. Jason Day (72) was one stroke further back and tied for 9th while Aaron Baddeley was T14 on 6-under.
Colsaerts crowned 2011 Volvo Open Champion
Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts cruised to victory in the US$3 million 2011 Volvo China Open to finally secure his first win on The European Tour (Co-sanctioned with OneAsia) after over a decade of trying.
Colsaerts finished on 24-under with Spain’s Pablo Martin (63) New Zealand”s Danny Lee (65), Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen (66) and Irleand’s Peter Lawrie (68) tied for second four strokes back.
Australia’s Aaron Townsend closed with a 69 to finish seven strokes behind the leader while Anthony Brown had a 68 to be two further back and Andre Stolz a 69 to tie with defending champion Liang Wenchong of China on 11 under.