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Donald distances himself from Westwood atop Ranking
July 11, 2011

Luke Donald’s glorious 2011 continued as he made the Barclays Scottish Open his third title of the year. The World Number One, who won the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play in February then added The European Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in May, closed with a flawless 63. The 33 year old’s nine under par round secured a 19 under par total at the spectacular Castle Stuart Golf Links to run out a four shot winner from Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed, who signed for a best of the week 62. Donald stretches his lead at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking to the extent that only Lee Westwood can overtake him for the top spot at the 140th Open Championship; and Westwood must finish second alone or better to have a chance to do that.

Steve Stricker hit one of the shots of the year from a fairway bunker, then holed a 25-foot putt on the final green to take the John Deere Classic in Illinois for a third year running. Stricker, the highest-ranked American in the world at World Number 5, joins Tiger Woods as the only USA player to win a PGA Tour event three times on the bounce in 30 years. Kyle Stanley earned a spot in this week's Open Championship as consolation for his bogey at the last which opened the door for Stricker. Stricker stays at World Number 5 but closes the gap on World Number 4 Rory McIlroy.

This week's other winners were Jamie Moul at the Acaya Open on the Challenge Tour, Joe Panzeri at the Dakota Dunes Casino Open on the Canadian Tour and Alvaro Jose Arizabaleta at the 53 Abierto de Golf Ciudad de Bucaramanga on the Tour de las Americas.

The Charity High1 Resort Open presented by SBS on the OneAsia Tour was cancelled due to numerous weather delays.


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