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Playoff victories by Matsuyama, Jaidee headline weekend as Lewis regains Rolex No. 1

Hideki Matsuyama’s maiden PGA Tour victory at the Memorial Tournament Sunday in Ohio moved the 22-year-old Japanese star up to No. 13 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He finished 13-under overall.

Matsuyama, who edged Kevin Na in the playoff at Muirfield Village Golf Club, was 24th heading into the week near Columbus. He was a co-leader through 54 holes the prior week at the Colonial Country Club before failing to break through with a triumph.

He was a 50-to-1 underdog to win the title to start the week at www.skybet.com.

Bubba Watson, the Masters champion, was unable to hold on to his 54-hole lead at Muirfiled and settled for solo third place. An untimely double bogey mid-way through the back nine cost him. His efforts moved him up two places to third in the world rankings behind Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson. Bubba passed Tiger Woods, now 4th, and Matt Kuchar (No. 5).

Scott was T-4 at 10-under alongside Chris Kirk. Steve Stricker, Ben Curtis and Charl Schwartzel all recorded Top 10 efforts.

On the European Tour, Thongchai Jaidee’s comeback victory at the Nordea Masters helped him jump to 37th in the latest rankings. He entered the week as a 66-1 long shot. But, Jaidee outlasted Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher in a playoff.

Stacy Lewis (16-under) ran away with his second LPGA Tour victory in the last four tournaments winning the ShopRite LPGA Classic by six shots. She regained the Rolex Ranking World No. 1 ranking from Inbee Park, who has yet to win this season.

Other Golf news:

  • Dubuisson, who was runner-up earlier this season at the WGC-Match Play, climbed inside the Top 20 in the world rankings with his runner-up finish on the European Tour.
  • After Kuchar at No. 5, the rest of the Top 10 on the men’s side features Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth. Na moved to No. 40 with his runner-up finish at the event.
  • Tom Pernice Jr. (12-under) won his first Champions Tour title edging Doug Garwood in a playoff at the Principal Charity Classic in Iowa. Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia and Tom Lehman logged Top 10s.
  • Lewis was a 7-1 betting favorite heading into the ShopRite.