Luke Donald wins Dunlop Phoenix in Japan
Last Updated: November 18, 2012 9:54am
Luke Donald: Second in the rankings again after Phoenix success
Luke Donald is back ahead of Tiger Woods as world No 2 after a five-stroke victory at the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Japan.
The 34-year-old Englishman wrapped up his first win since the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May with few problems at the Phoenix Country Club in Miyazaki.
Donald started the final round four clear and left his rivals with little hope after he birdied the fourth, eagled the seventh and birdied the next.
(Jpn unless stated)
-16 L Donald (Eng)
-11 H Matsuyama
-10 K Oda
-9 H Fujita
-9 B Jones (Aus)
He did bogey the next two, but then came seven pars and a birdie on the long 18th to leave him with a three-under 68 for a 16-under total of 268.
"BOOM!! 3rd win of the year - honoured to add my name to the great Champions that have won the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament," tweeted Donald, who also won the PGA Tour's Transitions Championship in March.
Japan's Hideki Matsuyama finished second on 11 under after a 67 and compatriot Koumei Oda's 64 lifted him to third spot.
Alvaro Quiros (68) tied for sixth on eight under with his fellow Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (67) sharing 10th place on six under with Swede Jonas Blixt (68).
Ryder Cup-winning Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts ended the tournament in a tie for 22nd, alongside home favourite Ryo Ishikawa (70), after signing for a level par final round and one-under total.