Luke Donald Is The New No. 1
By mustang6560 on 5/31/11
It's Tuesday, so most of the golf headlines are old news now. But hey, a company holiday is a company holiday and we were out yesterday celebrating Memorial Day.

The storyline from last weekend in my opinion has to be that Luke Donald is the new number one in the Official World Golf Rankings. To make the storyline even better, Luke beat Lee Westwood - who was world number one at the time - in a playoff at the European Tour's version of The Players, the BMW PGA Championship. It's cool for me because I got to see him play down in New Orleans at the Zurich Classic and yell "Luuuke" (something I'm not so sure he liked).
"Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?" asked Donald, who joins Westwood and Nick Faldo as the only Englishmen to hold the No. 1 spot since rankings were introduced in 1986. "It's an amazing accomplishment. It's something I will be very proud of when I look back. I will savor this moment, it's very special. I think I will stay the same person, I hope I do."

The win was only the second in stroke play for Donald in the past five years. He won the Madrid Masters on the European Tour last year. In February, he beat a top field in winning the Match Play Championships in Marana, Ariz.
Across the pond, PGA Tour rookie Keegan Bradley won his first tournament in a playoff against Ryan Palmer at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Keegan has golf in his DNA. His aunt is LPGA Tour great Pat Bradley, who won 31 times on tour, which included six major titles.
"She is a lot calmer on the golf course than she is watching me. I'm sure she was by the TV going crazy," Bradley said. "I talk to her regularly through text messages and phone calls about tournaments and what it's like to come down near the end. ... This is the closest thing we ever had in common in terms of playing."
Keegan became the fourth rookie to win on the PGA Tour this season along with Jhonattan Vegas, Charl Schwartzel and Brendan Steele. And he had to do it under tough course conditions. After Thursday's round, it looked like the winning score would be in double digits and as low as -20. But after 72 holes, the low score was three-under. It's crazy how the same course can play so different during the same weekend.

Keegan Bradley Wins HP Byron Nelson Championship

Luke Donald New #1

photo by Keith Allison

[ comments ]
ppinkert says:
Saw some of that and it was wild how some of the play seemed to have such ups and downs. I was pulling for Ryan Palmer to pull it out. I meet him a couple of years back he spoke at our Annual Fundraiser for the Daycare Centers. It was good to see him doing well.
jev says:
Luke didn't win it, Lee lost it. Very unfortunate ball spinning back into the water on the first tie-breaker. Just bad luck!
Envythepea says:
Luke won it. He played the better shot. Westwood should have controlled his shot better to allow for the spin.
wdelnero says:
No mention of Tom Watson's win?
mustang6560 says:
@wdelnero- I guess you could make the argument it was a slight over look on my part. It is impressive that he can still win at 61 years old.
wdelnero says:
@mustang6560 - I was just being a ball buster. It wasn't as significant as a win as Donald over Westwood, but I found it pretty interesting watching both Eger and Watson miss putts on the 18th to end up in a playoff
manny.101 says:
Clearly the much better player who deserves it.
falcon50driver says:
Yeah I enjoyed the fact that Watson won. 61 years old, sheesh, how does he even get out of bed at that age. One foot in the grave, and the other on a banana peel.
cjgiant says:
@wdelnero - I was gonna say the same thing, almost overlooked your comment. Happy to see him win, especially with some clutch putting (and surviving some non-clutch also).
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