Donald reclaims No. 1 with Transitions win

March 18, 2012 at 7:51 PM
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PALM HARBOR, Fla., March 18 (UPI) -- Luke Donald reclaimed his status as the world's top golfer Sunday, birdying the first playoff hole to best three competitors for the Transitions Championship.

Donald used a great approach shot on the extra hole to edge third-round co-leader Jim Furyk, Sang-Moon Bae and Robert Garrigus, and claim his fifth career PGA Tour victory. He dislodged Rory McIlroy from the world No. 1 ranking in the process.

Britain's Donald had surrendered the title only two weeks ago when the Northern Irishman won the Honda Classic.

Donald fired a 5-under-par 66 to finish at 13-under 271. Garrigus, meanwhile, had carded a 64, while Bae registered a 3-under 68 and Furyk settled for a 69 after missing a birdie on the final regulation hole.

Ernie Els (67) blew a chance to join the playoff when he missed a 4-foot putt for birdie at the 16th.

He shared fifth place with Scott Piercy (62), Jeff Overton (66) and Ken Duke (68) at minus-12.

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