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One week after staggering home over the final nine to finish second at the Dubai Desert Classic, South African Richard Sterne returned to triumph at the Joburg Open, stringing together spectacular rounds of 63-65-68-64 for a runway seven-shot victory over countryman Charl Schwartzel.  For Sterne, the win completed a comeback from back injury-related oblivion; indeed, having reached the top 30 of the OWR in 2008, he had fallen outside the top 1000 at the close of 2011.  He began the final round tied with Trevor Fisher Jr., six shots clear of the field, then posted a bogey-free eight-under-par 64 to clinch the victory.  Three more hot players, Chile's Felipe Aguilar, homestanding George Coetzee and reigning Rookie Of The Year Ricardo Santos, tied for third..........After runner-up finishes in San Diego (to Tiger Woods) and Phoenix (to Phil Mickelson), Brandt Snedeker stepped up with a closing 65 to win the AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am, beating Chris Kirk by two.  Snedeker, statristically the game’s hottest player since last autumn, began the final round tied with rookie James Hahn but carded three birdies and an eagle over the first seven holes to take control, ultimately pulling away behind birdies at the 10th and 11th.  The win was the fifth of Snedeker’s career and lifted him to a career-best 4th in the OWR.  Kirk, Jimmy Walker and even Retief Goosen (making his first PGA Tour start since the 2012 PGA Championship, following back surgery) all were heard from on the back nine but none could mount a sustained charge, leaving Snedeker to record his second win (and his seventh top 10) in his last nine official PGA Tour starts.

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