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Golf Australia Express : Issue 28
LUKE DONALD returned to the world No.1 ranking with an impressive playoff win at the Transitions Championship. The Englishman ended Rory McIlroy's two-week-reign at the top by securing a birdie at the first extra hole to deny Jim Furyk, Robert Garrigus and Bae Sang-Moon the title. Starting the final round three behind the leader, 34-year- old Donald once again put his foot on the clutch with a flawless 5-under 66, before finally holing the event- ending 6-footer. "I was a lot more nervous the first time," Donald said of securing the top ranking. "That certainly wasn't my focus [today]. I was just focused on trying to win the tournament, and it worked out." He said he had some critics who thought his performance last season was a flash in the pan. "I don't think many people thought I could do that all over again this year," he said. "Hopefully, I can prove them wrong." Garrigus shot a superb final round 64, knocking his wedge to 7-feet at the playoff hole only to tug his birdie putt, while Bae couldn't convert his birdie chance from 18-feet. Furyk's unlikely 40-footer also missed. The Innisbrook win was Donald's fifth from his last 31 outings and guarantees the Brit the No.1 ranking at Augusta in a fortnight. Donald pocketed $990,000 and jumped to No.12 in the FedEx Cup standings. OTG DONALD BACK ON TOP Transitions Championship Innisbrook Resort, Florida, USA "I don't think many people thought I could do that all over again this year. Hopefully, I can prove them wrong." FINAL STANDINGS 1 LUKE DONALD ENG -13 $ 990,000 T2 BAE SANG-MOON KOR -13 $ 410,666 T2 JIM FURYK USA -13 $ 410,666 T2 ROBERT GARRIGUS USA -13 $ 410,666 T5 KEN DUKE USA -12 $ 193,187 T5 ERNIE ELS RSA -12 $ 193,187 T5 JEFF OVERTON USA -12 $ 193,187 T5 SCOTT PIERCY USA -12 $ 193,187 9 BO VAN PELT USA -11 $ 159,500 T10 JASON DUFNER USA -10 $ 132,000 T10 MATT KUCHAR USA -10 $ 132,000 T10 WEBB SIMPSON USA -10 $ 132,000 T10 KEVIN STREELMAN USA -10 $ 132,000 WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE PGA TOUR... WRAP THE