Monday, May 30, 2011

Luke Donald: By the Numbers at BMW PGA Championship

Luke Donald of England celebrates victory in a playoff on the 18th green at the Wentworth Club. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Luke Donald is the new number one player in the world after defeating Lee Westwood in a playoff to win the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club. At the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, Donald spun back his third shot with a wedge to eight feet, putting the pressure on Westwood. Not surprisingly, Westwood then spun his ball back into the water, which gave Donald the easy win.

“It doesn't get much better. I'm not sure if there will ever be a case where Number One and Number Two in the world are playing off for the tournament, but also a chance for the Number One ranking in the world. A unique history I think has been made, and glad to be a part of it.”

Score: -6
Fairways in regulation: 67.9% (18)
Greens in regulation: 70.8% (3)
Sand saves: 33.3%
Putts per round: 29 (11)
Putts per green: 1.699 (3)
Prize Money: 750,000 Euros

Donald becomes the 15th player to be ranked number one in the world, earns his second victory on the season, and extends his lead in the Race to Dubai Standings. He also extended his streak of top ten finishes to nine. Donald will without a doubt be a top favorite in both the upcoming Memorial Tournament as well as the U.S. Open beginning in three weeks.