Dunlop Phoenix: Luke Donald defends title in Japan
Luke Donald secured his first win of the year by defending his title at the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Japan.
Last Updated: 24/11/13 10:35am
The 35-year-old Englishman started the final round with a two-shot lead over South Korea's Kim Hyung-Sung after following his two-over-par 73 in the first round with scores of 66 and 65.
And there were few scares at the Phoenix Country Club course on Sunday as a five-under 66, which featured seven birdies and two bogeys, took him to 14-under 270, six shots clear of Kim who could only manage a one-under 70.
Japan's Shingo Katayama finished third on seven under, while Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Shunsuke Sonoda of Japan shared fourth place three shots further back.
Japan Tour money leader Hideki Matsuyama, 21, was bunched one stroke further back with Australian Brad Kennedy and South Korea's Lee Kyoung-Hoon.
"I'm very excited. My last win as a professional was last year at the Dunlop," Donald said.
"It's great to come here and win again. This is a great tournament with some great winners and I'm very proud to have won it back-to-back now."
Donald is the first player to win the Dunlop, one of Japan's richest tournaments, for two straight years since Tiger Woods triumphed in 2004 and 2005.