Luke Donald posted a tidy 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the Transitions Championship to earn a spot in a four-way playoff, which he would win on the first hole with a birdie from 6'7" on the par-4 18th.
The Englishman saw his tee shot on the playoff hole find the right rough, but recovered to hit a spot-on approach to 6'7" and sunk that putt to win for the first time at the Copperhead course. With that victory, he snatched the No. 1 world ranking back from Rory McIlroy after losing it two weeks before. Donald navigated his final round without a blemish on the scorecard on the strength of 23 putts and a putting average of 1.545. He ended the tournament at 13-under 67-68-70-66=271, and finished the week splitting 73.1 percent of his fairways and putting at a 1.638 clip. He is not scheduled to compete in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Mar. 18 - 5:44 pm et