Donald tops Westwood at Wentworth to claim number one ranking

Donald tops Westwood at Wentworth to claim number one ranking

Luke Donald became world number one for the first time today when he beat Lee Westwood – the man who held top spot – in a sudden death play-off for the BMW PGA title at Wentworth.

Ireland's Shane Lowry finished on -2, tied for fourth spot. Rory McIlroy finished on +3.

At the first extra hole Donald pitched to six feet and then Westwood, from four yards closer, saw his approach spin into the water.

Westwood took a double bogey seven and Donald won the £655,250 first prize with a birdie four.

In regulation play Donald was left with a 30-footer for victory on the final after Westwood, playing in the group ahead, had missed from six, but his two-putt par meant they tied on the six under par total of 278.

Westwood was two behind at the start of the day, but went one in front with a front nine 33 and was two clear when he birdied the 15th.

However, he then bogeyed the next and Donald hit his approach to a foot to draw level.

Westwood missed a birdie chance of under six feet on the last.

Simon Dyson, finished third on four under after a 69, while Colin Montgomerie was joint seventh – his first top 10 finish for almost three years.

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