Wins boost Jimenez, Todd, Salas in world rankings

Miguel Angel Jimenez and  Brendon Todd jumped in the Official World Golf Rankings following victories on the European Tour and PGA Tour, respectively.

Jimenez, 50, won the Open de Espana in his home country in a three-man playoff at 4-under overall. He ageless one set the record for the oldest winner — again — on the European Tour. It was his 27th start in the event and his first triumph at the tournament.

The victory, which was his 21st in his European Tour career, moved Jimenez up to 25th in the latest world rankings. Jimenez also won the Greater Gwinnett Championship on the Champions Tour a week after finishing 5th at the Masters Tournament.

For Todd, he claimed his maiden PGA Tour title finishing 14-under overall and two shots clear of Mike Weir at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Texas. Weir last runner-up finish was at Pebble Beach in 2009.

Todd shot a 4-under bogey-free final round to lock up the victory and move him to No. 63 in the rankings. His round included a hole-out from a bunker on the second hole and a left-handed recovery shot on the back nine, which led to a par save.

Overnight co-leader Louis Oosthuizen shot 4-over-76 and finished T-11.

Other Golf news:

  • American Lizette Salas (13-under) won for the first time in her LPGA Tour career capturing the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia. Salas, 24-years-old and playing in her third season on tour, ended up four shots ahead of Lexi Thompson and former Rolex Ranking No. 1 Yani Tseng. Lydia Ko finished fifth, while Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen posted T-12 efforts.
  • Salas was a 66-to-1 long shot betting selection at heading into the tournament. She moved up six places to No. 10 in the latest Rolex Rankings knocking out Cristie Kerr.
  • Charles Howell III and Marc Leishman finished T-3 at 10-under in Texas, while Matt Kuchar logged his 9th Top 10 of the season.
  • Kenny Perry (7-under) won his third straight major championship appearance in as many tries on the Champions Tour. He added the Regions Tradition to his resume thanks to a one-shot win over Marc Calcavecchia. Perry was a 25-1 betting selection heading into the week.
  • For Weir, the runner-up finish was the 10th of his career to go along with his eight victories on the PGA Tour.