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Walker, Oosthuizen move inside Top 32 in world ranking with weekend victories

With his final-round, bogey-free 7-under-63 Sunday, Jimmy Walker secured his second career PGA Tour victory capturing the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Walker (17-under) finished one ahead of overnight leader Chris Kirk and two clear of 47-year-old Jerry Kelly. For Walker, it was his second win in the wrap-up around season. He won the Frys.com Open last October.

The victory moved Walker to No. 32 in the official World Golf Ranking. The Top 10 remained basically unchanged with Tiger Woods leading the way. Zach Johnson replaced Rory McIlroy in the No. 6 position.

Former Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen moved up seven spots to 27th in the latest rankings with his defense of the Volvo Golf Champions on the European Tour.

Branden Grace was a runner-up to Oosthuizen in South Africa. Both Grace and Kirk managed to crack the Top 50 with their efforts.

Other Golf News:

  • Phil Mickelson, McIlroy and Henrik Stenson headline the field this week at the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in Dubai.
  • The PGA Tour tees off on the mainland Thursday at the Humana Challenge in Southern California. Temperatures are expected near 80 degrees all week.
  • World No. 2 Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar ended up T-8 at the Sony Open.
  • Walker was a 40-to-1 pick at Skybet.com to win the Sony Open. The 34-year-old ended up 30th on the PGA Tour Money List last season.