Luke Donald has reacquired his crown in the PGA world following a classy victory in the BMW PGA Championship. Luke Donald played brilliantly throughout the flagship event on the European Tour to prove his dominance.
On Sunday the world rankings showed Luke Donald as the World No. 1 once again. It’s been a year since Luke Donald thwarted Lee Westwood in a playoff to become the World No. 1 for the first time in his career.
This time Luke Donald bested the Scottish golfing prodigy Rory McIlroy, who had been at the top spot for the last couple of weeks, to become the new World No. 1.
Rory McIlroy missed the chance to retain his title on Friday after a series of mistakes. This meant Luke Donald only needed to finish in the top eight to acquire the World No. 1 title.
As soon as Luke Donald entered Wentworth Club pundits knew the former World No. 1 was going to bring something interesting to the table.
Luke Donald had a two-shot lead as whilst heading into the final round of the event on Sunday. Luke Donald posted a four-under 68 to win the event by four shots at 15-under 273.
Luke Donald, who came up with four rounds in the 60s, also carved his name in history with this victory. Luke Donald is now one of the three players to defend their titles successfully at this event. The other two were Sir Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie.
“Obviously this is our biggest event on the European Tour,” Luke Donald said in his post match interview. “To come here and defend, and get back to No. 1 as a side-note, is very sweet indeed.”
The 34-year-old Englishman, Luke Donald also admitted hitting his fair share of ups and downs on the course.
“I needed to settle down a little bit,” Luke Donald continued. “This is a big week and I certainly felt some of the pressure in going out as the leader and trying to defend. After the fourth, I didn't give him (Rose) another hole where he was teeing off first, other than the 18th.”
Luke Donald further commented that he had been working hard to reacquire the top spot for a year now which was why he was glad his efforts had paid off.
“To go a whole year and still be No. 1, it means I'm doing the right things,” Luke Donald said. “The hard work is paying off. The obvious answer there is win majors. I feel like I'm getting closer. Every time I have a success like this, it adds to my confidence. These victories are key to bringing that confidence to majors.”