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Donald in Dream Land at Disney

World number one captures season ending title and Money List crown

Posted Oct 24, 2011 by Chris White

Luke Donald could finish top of both money lists

World number one Luke Donald was facing a difficult challenge in his quest to win the US Money List, with the recent form of Webb Simpson forcing the Englishman to finish in the top two at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at the Disney World Resort.

Donald went into the PGA Tour’s season-ending finale entering the final round tied in 14th, five strokes behind the overnight leaders of Justin Leonard and Kevin Chappell, but two birdies on the first two holes as part of a final-round eight under par 64 saw him blast his way to a two-shot victory.

Those birdies on the opening holes were followed by a bogey on the fifth, which looked to have thrown a significant spanner in Donald’s quest for the Money List crown, but six successive birdies starting at the tenth had him back on track and wielding a spanner of his own around the leader board as he moved his way up.

Pars on the final three holes meant that Donald walked off the course two clear of the now chasing pack, finishing his competition 17-under par, with nothing more to do than sit and watch as Leonard and Chappell finished their rounds.

However, the duo could do nothing to haul in the world number one and he now looks odds-on to secure both Money List titles, sealing the US version and leading the European list. He also looks favourite to win the PGA Tour Player of the Year Award, with two victories and twelve top-10 finishes, and he remains miles clear of the chasing pack in the Race to Dubai.

Simpson, the leading challenger to Donald in the race to top the US Money List looked to have put the pressure on Donald, after four birdies from the seventh took him to within a shot of the leaders, but he ended in sixth place after finishing one over par across the final eight holes.

It was certainly a contest as exciting as Disney World, with Donald’s pregnant wife taking to Twitter while her husband was completing birdie after birdie, tweeting “I don’t think this much jumping around is good for the baby!!!”

Donald was understandably delighted with his performance, saying afterwards “It’s nice to do it under pressure when I needed to. I’m thrilled and over the moon.”

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