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Danny Willett will be teeing it up for this week's UBS Hong Kong Open.

Impact

Dealing with a minor back injury the past couple of weeks, Willett has not been in top form as of late. He finished T50 at the DP World Tour Championship, but did look solid in his final round at the event going two-under-par. The world's 12th-ranked golfer will hope to put his injury behind him and find success in Hong Kong.

Thomas Detry surged to a four-under 68 in the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship to finish 13-red and alone in third place.

Impact

Upgrading to the Euro Tour following a successful Challenge Tour campaign, Detry is certainly someone to watch out for next year. He was a former Big 10 golfer of the year at the University of Illinois, and already has winning experience having come out on top at the Bridgestone Challenge three months ago. The Belgian will look to join his compatriot and former Illini teammate Thomas Pieters in the top 100 of the OWGR. He'll have a chance to improve his standing even further this week at the UBS Hong Kong Open.

Paul Dunne closed with an even-par 72 on Sunday to tie for 28th at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Impact

Dunne shot out of the gates with an opening round of 66. The birdies were hard to find the rest of the way, however, for the world's 290th ranked golfer who dropped a shot over the last three days. Dunne is expected to make his next outing at the UBS Hong Kong Open.

Pablo Larrazabal struggled to a three-over 75 on Sunday, to fall out of the top ten into a tie for 23rd at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Impact

Larrazabal climbed up the leaderboard over the first 54 holes into seventh place at ten-red. To start the final round, he appeared to be heading down the right path too with a birdie on the second. It was not to be, however, as the Spaniard went four-over to close, making a double bogey seven on the easy par-five 13th. Larrazabal will hope to rebound at the UBS Hong Kong Open next week.

Branden Grace dropped a stroke on Sunday to fall ten slots down the leaderboard into a tie for 20th at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Impact

Grace got out to a fiery start to the week, firing opening rounds of 69-67. He was unable to keep things going over the weekend, however, as he combated seven birdies to seven bogies. While disappointing, the South African has still managed solid performances over the past couple weeks finishing T20, T27, T3, the last three.

Jaco Ahlers jumped up 24 slots on the leaderboard into a tie for 11th at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Impact

Ahlers has been red hot as of late, recording finishes of T11, seventh, and first in his last three outings. While all have come against relatively weaker fields, the South African's recent play has still propelled him up in the world rankings to 229th, his highest position in a year. Ahlers will look to keep things going at the UBS Hong Kong Open.

Charl Schwartzel dropped out of second place into a tie for fourth at the Alfred Dunhill Championship after posting a closing round of 74.

Impact

Sitting three strokes back of Brandon Stone to start the day, Schwartzel needed a big day to emerge victorious. At the beginning of Sunday, things actually tipped in favor of Schwartzel as he got to just one back of the lead following birdies on the first two holes. Stone's one stroke margin held firm with nine to go, however, as Schwartzel collapsed on the back side, posting a 41. It was still good for his fourth top-ten in his last six outings though.

Graeme Storm rallied to a four-under 68 in the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship to move up 14 slots on the leaderboard into a tie for fourth place.

Impact

While struggling out of the gates with an opening 73, Storm still managed to have a high finish this week because of his final three round resurgence, where he went 13-deep. The 243rd-ranked golfer in the world now has three top-25s in his last four outings. He will be in the field for the UBS Hong Kong Championship.

Scott Jamieson went three-deep on Sunday to finish in a tie for fourth place at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Impact

Jamieson notched his highest finish of 2016, posting 19 birdies and two eagles relative to nine bogeys and a double. With three top-tens in his last seven Euro Tour outings the Scotland-native appears to be in good shape moving forward. He'll hope to carry his momentum forward following the UBS Hong Kong Open.

Thomas Aiken closed with a three-under 69 in the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship to finish 12-under-par for the week and T6.

Impact

Aiken looked great in his home country this week. In particular, he excelled on the par-fives where he went six-under-par. This performance moved him to seventh in the Race To Dubaii, and should be a good indicator of success moving forward.

Richard Sterne posted rounds of 68-70-68-67 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship to finish 15-red overall, and alone in second place.

Impact

Sterne looked great at Leopard Creek CC, going well under-par in all four rounds. He impressed with 21 birdies to just six bogeys, and went bogey-free in the final round. The South African has now finished in the top 10 in three of his last seven outings, and appears to be in great form moving forward.

Brandon Stone won the Alfred Dunhill Championship, going 22-under-par for the week, and beating Richard Sterne by a seven stroke margin.

Impact

Stone entered the week as one of the favorites to win in South Africa as he had just came off a T2 finish at the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open the week before. No one, however, could have predicted the show that Stone would put on in front of a home crowd at Leopard Creek CC. He posted rounds of 67-66-66-67, fending off the next closest challengers easily. This marks the 23-year-old's second career EURO Tour victory, and it should propel him into the top 100 of the OWGR. The South African most certainly has a bright future ahead.

Emiliano Grillo went even-par on Sunday to finish two-under-par for the week and in 17th among a field of 17 at the Hero World Classic.

Impact

Grillo got out to a decent start to the week, posting an opening round of 70. Things regressed from there though, as the reigning rookie of the year went three-over on the closing 54 holes. This was a bit of a surprise considering he had been coming off solid performances at the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament and the OHL Classic. He'll hope to get back on track in the following weeks.

Russell Knox struggled to a two-over 74 on Sunday to finish 16th out of 17 in the Hero World Challenge.

Impact

Following a clean, even-par opening nine in the final round, Knox found trouble on the back. He bogeyed the 10th hole, and continued down the wrong path with a triple on the 12th. The world's 19th-ranked golfer did, however, manage to rebound with two birdies to close, so he at least finished in good form.

Jimmy Walker finished T13 in a field of 17 after going five-under-par at the Hero World Challenge.

Impact

Walker could not carry his impressive week in Australia forward to the Bahamas this week. He went over-par in two of his four rounds on a course that averaged well in the red, although he did look solid on Saturday, posting a 66. The big-hitter will not be in the field for the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Brooks Koepka fired a one-under 71 on Sunday to finish T13 at the Hero World Challenge.

Impact

Following a victory at the Dunlop Phoenix Open and a runner-up finish at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Koepka could not keep things going. He carded ten bogeys and a double, which unfortunately countered his 17 birdies, leading to his poor finish among a small field. Expect the big-hitter to rebound promptly.

Zach Johnson went one-red in the final round of the Hero World Championship to finish a disappointing 12th among a field of 17.

Impact

Posting the second most bogeys on the week, Johnson really had no chance at competing with the leaders. He posted 17 birdies, but every time he seemed to be headed in the right direction, he managed to find a square on the scorecard. The Tour-Veteran will look to get back on track after taking a break in action next week.

Patrick Reed rallied to a four-under 68 in the closing round of the Hero World Challenge to finish alone in tenth.

Impact

While posting impressive rounds of 72-69-71-68, Reed did not quite have the fire power to compete with the leaders. Particularly, the Georgia-alum was held back by two double bogeys. He'll hope to limit the high numbers following this week's Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Tiger Woods carded a 4-over 76 Sunday to finish 15th of 18 players at the Hero World Challenge.

Impact

Woods return to golf for the first time since August 2015 was both good and bad, and everything in between. The good was he successfully managed to finish four rounds without injury, led the field in birdies with 24, and flashed brilliance in a second-round bogey-free 65. The bad was he finished 15th of 18 and committed some silly mistakes that added up to six double bogeys and numerous avoidable bogeys on the week. But the bottom line is that Tiger, who has his 41st birthday this month, is back to competitive golf.

Louis Oosthuizen went even-par in the closing round of the Hero World Challenge to finish nine-deep for the week and in solo ninth.

Impact

Oosthuizen got off to a great start to the week, going ten-deep through his first two rounds. He slowed down over the weekend, however, posting a one-over total. He'll look to improve following a break from action next week.