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Donald claims no. 1 spot in playoff with Westwood
May 30, 2011

Luke Donald captured The European Tour's flagship event at the Wentworth Club after a titanic final round battle with Lee Westwood for the BMW PGA Championship. The world number one and world number two traded blows all day, and Westwood's 68 drew him level with his compatriot after 72 holes. For the first time in his career Donald now heads the Official World Golf Ranking. After pitching his third to six feet at the first extra hole, he looked on as Westwood spun his into the water. Westwood took a double bogey seven and Donald won the €750,000 first prize with a birdie four.

Donald is only the third Englishman to hold the no. 1 spot since the Ranking began in 1986, following in the footsteps of Sir Nick Faldo and Lee Westwood.

On the PGA Tour. rookie Keegan Bradley won the HP Byron Nelson Championship with a par at the first extra hole of a playoff with Ryan Palmer, after both finished on 3 under par 277. A graduate from the Nationwide Tour, Bradley had never previously won a professional event, but this victory moves him 109 places up the Ranking into the top 100 at world no. 94.

Koumei Oda secured a four-shot triumph in the Diamond Cup on the Japan Golf Tour after a final round of 70 at Chiba Country Club. A bogey at the 10th had seen the overnight leader's advantage cut to two shots but the 32-year-old responded with birdies at the next and the 13th before chipping in for eagle at the 14th in his two-under effort to finish 16 under par for the tournament. Oda climbs 56 places to World Number 119.

This week's other winners were Andrew Tampion at the Telenet Trophy on the Challenge Tour, Choi Ho-sung at the LakeHills Open on the Korean Golf Tour and Benjamin Alvarado at the Toyota Peru Open on the Tour de las Americas.


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