BMW PGA Championship, Luke Donald wins, and Regains World #1 Ranking May 27 2012
Luke Donald BMW PGA Champion (Getty Images
Luke Donald successfully defended his title and retained his BMW PGA Championship title at the Wentworth Club in Surrey England, on Sunday. In doing so he also returned to the number one spot in the World Golf Rankings. This victory makes him only the third player, Sir Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie are the other two, who have won The European Tour's flagship event two years in a row.
Luke had a last round of -4 under par, 68 for a tournament total of -15 under par. Justin Rose put up a good fight, and even drew level with Luke after four holes of the last round on Sunday. That event seemed to galvanize Luke's thinking, and he then accelerated away to go clear once more.
This was Luke's first ever successful title defense, he was very pleased with everything today;
"What a great one to do it at. This is our biggest event on The European Tour. To come and defend and get back to number one is very sweet indeed. I was just trying to keep my head down and plug away. I was swinging well and I've putted well all week. I just needed to settle down a bit. This is a big week and I felt some of the pressure. After the fourth I didn't give him (Justin) another hole where he was teeing off first other than the 18th. I got the job done. I take a great amount of satisfaction. It means I am doing the right things, the hard work is paying off and I have a great team around me."
Luke's next meeting with Rory McIlroy will be at the Memorial tournament in Ohio starting on Thursday, but it is the US Open Championship in San Francisco on June 14 that his sights are now on. If he continues to play like this there is a good chance a first Major could well be his.
Justin Rose had to settle for share of second place, on -11 under par, with Paul Lawrie, who finished his tournament with a sizzling -6 under par 66, for the same Sunday total.
Justin was asked what he felt the difference was between him and Luke on the day, he replied;
"Luke's putter really. He buried a lot of putts in the middle of the round and there were no loose shots coming down the stretch."
Paul Lawrie has moved up in the rankings from world number 272 a while ago, to now probably being in the top thirty, and for the first time he can call himself Scotland's top player. Paul said of his round;
"You're never unhappy when you shoot 66, but really it should have been a few less. When you get on a bit of a run the confidence goes up and right now it's probably never been better."