Donald Lands Historic Double Golf World Championship at Dubai: England’s Luke Donald created history in style when he made three birdies in his last three holes at the Dubai World Championship to win the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.There were only two ways the world No1 could have won the honour – and thus become the only player in the history to win the Money Lists of both US PGA and European Tour.
Donald lands historic double. He either needed to finish inside the top-nine, or hope that world No2 Rory McIlroy did not win the $7.5 million season-ending championship.Donald ticked both the boxes.The 34-year-old played bogey-free golf for his last 46 holes – his last bogey coming on the eighth hole in Friday’s second round – and successive weekend rounds of six-under par 66 saw him finish third at 16-under par 272.
Luke Donald Lands Historic Double Golf World Championship at Dubai.On the other hand, a third consecutive one-under par 71 round by McIlroy meant he finished tied for the 11th place at nine-under par 279.While Donald walked away with the top share of the Race to Dubai Bonus Pool of $1.5 million, the Dubai World championship was won in emphatic style by Alvaro Quiros.The Spaniard sank a 40-footer eagle putt on the final hole to win the $1.25 million first prize at 19-under par 269.
The rejuvenated Paul Lawrie matched Quiros’ final round of 67, but that left him two shots adrift of the champion. Donald was one behind at 272.
McIlroy, who pulled out of next week’s Asian Tour event because of the after-effects of a suspected dengue fever, said: “Every time Luke teed up, he finished in the top-five or top-10. That’s incredible mental strength. I have played with Luke and he works extremely hard on his game. This is great reward for that consistency and hard work.”
Quiros shot out of the gates with three birdies in his first three holes, but it speaks volumes about Lawrie’s doggedness that he never let the Spaniard run away from his sights.In the end, Quiros needed the eagle on the final hole to separate himself from the Scotsman.