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Luke Donald gains two shot victory

Britain's Luke Donald held his nerve to clinch a second PGA Tour title with a two-shot victory in the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Englishman birdied the last after striking a superb five-iron approach to just four feet, closing with a three-under-par 69 on the Sunrise Course at the Country Club at Mirasol.

Despite struggling with his putter for much of a blustery day, Donald was in prime form from tee to green and secured victory with three birdies over the last six holes for a 12-under total of 276.

Australia's Geoff Ogilvy, surprise winner of last month's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at La Costa, placed second after signing for a 69.

World number eight David Toms, the highest-ranked player in the field, also fired a 69 to finish a further shot back in a tie for third at nine under with fellow American Billy Mayfair (72).

"Any time you win on the PGA Tour, it's a tremendous feat," a beaming Donald told reporters after became the third Englishman after Nick Faldo and Tony Jacklin to win at least twice on the PGA Tour.

Six-times major champion Faldo clinched nine titles and Jacklin four.

"It's nice to be back in the winner's circle on this tour again after a four-year break," Donald added, referring to his breakthrough triumph at the 2002 Southern Farm Bureau Classic.

"I'm very excited right now. I was pretty proud of the way I finished today, and finished the job off.

"There were a lot of emotions in the middle of the round, but I held it together. Any time you finish with a birdie like that and a great shot, it means a lot to a golfer."

The day began well for joint overnight leader Donald, who picked up shots at the first and fourth to take early control.

Fellow pace-setter Mayfair, whose last PGA Tour victory came at the 1998 Buick Open, also birdied the fourth but slipped back to nine under with a bogey at the par-five sixth.

Donald wasted a chance to stretch his lead to three on the same hole when his birdie putt from four feet grazed the right lip.

He then made his first bogey of the day at the par-four seventh, hitting a poor wedge approach after a perfect drive before missing a five-footer to save par.

American Jeff Gove, back on the PGA Tour this season after a three-year absence, drew level with Donald after making birdies on six and nine.

Gove held the outright lead when Donald bogeyed 10, horseshoeing out with a par putt from just three feet.

But Gove bogeyed the par-four 13th after missing the green with his approach and dropped three more shots after that on his way to a closing 74 and a tie for seventh at six under.

Ogilvy, who had set up his third birdie of the day by striking a superb approach to within four feet of the flag on 13, repeated the feat on 14 to move one stroke clear.

Donald, who had struggled with his putter over the previous seven holes, then rolled in an 12-footer to birdie 13 and regain a share of the lead.

Ogilvy fell back when he bogeyed the difficult par-three 15th after failing to find the dome-shaped green off the tee before Donald forged two shots clear with a birdie-three on 14.

Although the Englishman pushed his drive there well right, he struck his approach 30 feet left of the hole and coaxed his birdie putt into the hole to get to 11 under.

He did well to salvage par at the 16th, where he sank a slippery 18-footer, before finishing off in style with a birdie at the last.



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