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Donald back to world no. 1 with playoff win
March 19, 2012

Luke Donald holed a seven foot birdie putt on the first extra hole of a four-man playoff to take the title at The Transitions Championship and reassert himself atop the Official World Golf Ranking. Having been usurped by Rory McIlroy two weeks ago, Donald made sure of reclaiming the spot he had made his own in 2011, coming from five shots back of overnight leader Jim Furyk to tie the American alongside Robert Garrigus and Sang-Moon Bae. Donald found the right rough from the tee on the first hole of sudden death, but did not let that bother him, firing to close range. Bae and Furyk failed to threaten for birdie, and when Garrigus missed from much closer, it left the stage clear for Donald to hole out, take the title, and reclaim the number one spot in the World.

Frenchman Julien Quesne became the 400th different winner in European Tour history on Sunday with a stunning Sunday 64 enough to claim a two shot victory over 54-hole leader Eduardo de la Riva in the Open de Andalucia. Quesne, who didn’t take up the game until he was 17, looked calm and assured throughout the final round at Aloha GC culminating in one of the shots of the season at the daunting final hole. Faced with a long iron into the tiered green, he fired in a piercing effort that bounded up the slope towards the pin and leaving him a putt of inside ten feet to almost ensure the victory. He duly rolled it in, and after a short wait as others finished their rounds, he was declared the winner. It is Quesne’s first win on The European Tour, having graduated from The Challenge Tour in 2011, and sees him rise 136 spots to 183 on the Ranking.

American rookie David Lipsky stunned playoff opponent Elmer Salvador with a superb chip in birdie at the first extra hole to take the HANDA Faldo Cambodian Classic. Having won the Asian Tour Qualifying School in January, Lipsky started the day seven shots back, but his impressive final round hauled him into a playoff alongside Salvador who just missed a ten foot putt at the last to win in regulation. However, there was nothing the Pilipino golfer could do when faced with Lipsky’s outrageous hole out at the first hole of sudden death, as the American took the title in front of six-time Major winner, and former World Number One, Nick Faldo. Having started the year unranked, Lipsky now finds himself in the top 500 on the World Ranking at 453, after a jump of 964 places with this win.

Julián Etulain claimed his fourth career title on the Tour de las Americas with a comprehensive three stroke victory at the Abierto Internacional Club de Golf Los Lirios – Rancagua. Starting the day a single stroke clear of compatriot Julio Zapata the Argentine streaked clear with a birdie-eagle run from the seventh to lead by four, and while his main challenger rallied on the back nine to close the gap to three, the win was never in doubt. As a result Etulain climbs 188 places on the World Ranking and up into 442nd spot.

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