Donald Captures Rain-Shortened Southern Farm Classic


The final round of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic was officially cancelled Monday morning as the course was deemed unplayable, thus giving 25-year-old PGA Tour rookie Luke Donald his first victory.
The final 18 holes was originally pushed from Sunday to Monday, but Monday morning tournament officials announced their decision after touring the course. Torrential rains had plagued the event for most of the week.
Donald, who shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take the 54-hole lead, became the 18th first-time winner on tour this year, albeit without having to feel the pressure of holding on to a slim lead on Sunday.
Donald had a storied college career at Northwestern University and was projected to make some serious noise on the PGA Tour. Mentioned along with Charles Howell, Bryce Molder and David Gossett as the tour's 'young guns,' Donald's win quickly elevates is status to legit.
The $468,000 first-place check vaulted Donald from 106th to 58th on the season-ending money list. It also garnered him an invitation to the lucrative season-opening Mercedes Championship in Maui this January.
Final scores from the Southern Farm Bureau Classic