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2005 WGC Accenture Match PlayMARANA, Ariz. – GolfChannel.com senior writer Rex Hoggard is at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain for the final round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He is providing a running blog for the championship match between (1) Martin Kaymer and (3) Luke Donald. Follow him on Twitter (@RexHoggard) for more updates or for complete scoring of the consolation and championship matches, click here.

 

 

(6:07 p.m. ET) It's official: Martin Kaymer is the new World No. 1 and Luke Donald is the WGC-Match Play Championship champion after beating the German 3-and-2 in Sunday's final match.

'You always have doubts after going five years on the U.S. Tour without a win,' Donald said. 'This is special.'


(5:56 p.m. ET) It's getting late early for Martin Kaymer at Dove Mountain, as they say in baseball.

The German missed a 6-foot birdie putt at the 15th hole to fall three holes behind Luke Donald with three holes to play. Dormie.


 

(5:32 p.m. ET) Echoes of 'Luuuka' greeted Luke Donald at the 13th hole on Sunday at Dove Mountain.

It's not that the gallery has anything against fellow finalist Martin Kaymer it's just that the Englishman Donald, who lives in Chicago, is the closest thing to an Anerican in the WGC final since Tiger Woods and Stewart Cink in 2008. And it might also have something to do with Donald's 2-up lead through 13 holes.


(5:15 p.m. ET) Martin Kaymer made a sloppy bogey at Dove Mountain's 12th hole, Luke Donald a steady par to move 2 up in the WGC final. 

Lost amid that scene was the fact nobody made an ace at the 12th this week to win the Cadillac Coupe on display adjacent the hole. Shame. 


(5:04 p.m. ET) This is the second consecutive year there has been a Donald in the WGC- Match Play final. Christian Donald caddies for Paul Casey, who finished runner-up to Ian Poulter last year.

His brother Luke is looking to do him one better, he leads Martin Kaymer by a hole following a 6 footer for birdie at Dove Mountain's 11th hole.


(4:33 p.m. ET) Luke Donald hit his approach at Dove Mountain's ninth into the desert left of the green and is forced to take an unplayable lie. He loses the hole to Martin Kaymer to move the match to all square.

Or, to put it another way, the finalist have played nine holes and accomplished nothing. 


(4:16 p.m. ET) The last two men standing at the WGC-Match Play continue to trade blows and birdies on Sunday.

Martin Kaymer got up-and-down at the par-5 eighth at Dove Mountain for birdoe to cut Luke Donald's lead to one hole.

And in case you wanted a weather update, it's cold and windy but at least it's not snowing.


(3:58 p.m. ET) Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald trade pars at Dove Mountain's seventh hole, the duo's first halve since the third.

Of course cold temperatures and chilling winds, not sportsmanship, may have been behind the duo's good-good move on the green.


(3:45 p.m. ET) Martin Kaymer is sporting a 'buff' again on Sunday. Not sure if it's fashionable but it certainly seems functional considering the conditions.

In an unrelated item Luke Donald missed his first putt in 79 holes, or so it seems, and drops a hole at Dove Mountain's sixth to lead 2 up.


(3:36 p.m. ET) Martin Kaymer will move to No. 1 in the World Ranking on Monday but he is not looking his world-beating best through five holes on Sunday at Dove Mountain.

The German pulled his drive into the desert at the fifth, took a drop and lost the hole with a bogey to fall three holes behind Luke Donald.


(3:23 p.m. ET) In the worst of the morning's weather Luke Donald hits his approach to 2 feet for a conceded birdie at Dove Mountain's fourth hole.

Martin Kaymer' birdie attempt from 8 feet runs wide and the German now finds himself in unfamiliar territory - 2 down.


(3:03 p.m. ET) Snow falling hard now, but neither Martin Kaymer nor Luke Donald seem to mind.

Both par the third hole at Dove Mountain and the Englishman remains 1 up.


(2:50 p.m. ET) Before Sunday's final at Dove Mountain Luke Donald had not trailed in 73 holes this week.

With a 23 footer for birdie at the second hole he continued that streak, going 1 up against Martin Kaymer.


(2:37 p.m. ET) For those curious as to why Luke Donald teed off first in his finals match with Martin Kaymer, a list that included Kaymer's caddie, we asked walking rules official Mark Russell.

'It's because of where they were in the bracket,' he said, although it seems Kaymer, No. 2 in the world entering the event, would have been higher.

Didn't seem to matter. Both parred the first hole. All square. 


(2:25 p.m. ET) Scratch that. It's snowing as the finalist head down first fairway. Surreal.
(2:13 p.m. ET) The final two-ball is still not to the first tee at Dove Mountain and a light snow is falling.

Just a hunch, but we're guessing Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald are happy this year's final was reduced to 18 holes.