Donald takes Transitions in playoff


Once again, Luke Donald will be the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking.

With a 7-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a four-man sudden-death playoff, Donald won the Transitions Championship over Jim Furyk, Robert Garrigus and Sang-Moon Bae and earned enough points to regain the No. 1 ranking, which he had lost to Rory McIlroy.

Garrigus missed an 8-footer for birdie before Donald drained the winning putt.

All four players finished regulation at Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course at 13 under par. Donald closed with 5-under 66, while Garrigus shot 64 earlier in the day to set the pace. Bae shot 68, while Furyk shot 69 in the final group.

Needing a win to guarantee a 19th consecutive Masters start, Ernie Els made bogey at the uphill par-4 18th to drop into a tie for fifth place. He is joined by Scott Piercy, who shot 62 early on Sunday, as well as Jeff Overton and Ken Duke.

Donald will likely remain the No. 1 player heading into the Masters, as now No. 2 McIlroy will not play until returning to Augusta National.