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Crane into top 50; Lewis soars 455 places

Ben Crane was the highest mover in the top 100 on the golf leader board this week having won his fourth PGA Tour title at the McGladrey Classic on Sunday.

The 35 year old from Portland, Oregon shot a 7-under 63 in regulation play with two batches of four consecutive birdies after the turn to take Webb Simpson to a playoff where he emerged victorious.

Crane defeated Simpson after the younger man lipped out from three foot to hand the title to his opponent on the second extra hole.

While Crane was an unlikely winner in Georgia, the leader heading into the final round Michael Thompson, a 25-year-old tour rookie could have been just as rare.

Crane picked up a cheque for $720,000 and moved up to 50th on both the PGA Tour Money List and the Official World Golf Ranking, where he jumped up 27 places.

The other big risers in the table came at the Portugal Masters and the Japan Open.

British golfer Tom Lewis captured his first professional title just three events into his career at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura on Sunday.

The precocious 20-year-old beat out Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello by two strokes, and jumped a humungous 455 places up the World Ranking to 166.

Korea’s Sang Moon Bae is fast becoming one of the Japan Golf Tour’s most prolific winners, picking up his third win of the season, and his second in the last three events after a playoff victory at the Japan Open 2011.

The win sees Bae extend his already impressive lead on the Japan Golf Tour Money List, and sees him join the World’s top 50 for the first time at 35th.

England’s Luke Donald and Lee Westwood remain at in the top two spots with Donald entering his twenty first week as World Number One.

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