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Garcia back into top 20

The big news in the world golf rankings released this week was the revival of former World No. 2 Sergio Garcia.

A regular top 5-ranked player as recently as 2008, the 31-year-old Spaniard had struggled of late, falling off the radar and the top 75 and without a win for 3 years.

But after winning last week’s Castello Masters, Garcia’s resurgence has continued as he became the first Spaniard to win a strokeplay event at Club de Golf Valderrama with a battling triumph at the Andalucía Masters.

That put him one clear of Miguel Ángel Jiménez, who led for much of the front nine and then birdied 16 and 17 to re-ignite his challenge, with Scotland’s Richie Ramsay a shot further back in third and Ireland’s Shane Lowry fourth on three under.

“''It's been two amazing weeks,'' said Garcia. ''I wasn't as good as probably the last 13 days, but we hung on and managed to pull through.''

The win takes Garcia up to World Number 18, an improvement of 13 positions, back in the World Top 20 after an absence of more than a year and a half.

England’s Luke Donald and Lee Westwood remain at in the top two spots, although Rory McIlroy could take Westwood’s position with a superior result at the World Golf Championships in Shanghai. 

Donald, who won’t be attending the event due to the forthcoming birth of his second child, enters his twenty-third week as World Number One.

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