After heavy rain forced the second round to be suspended mid-way on Friday, play was washed out on Saturday due to severe flooding and land-slides which affected several holes, as well as the continued threat of further storms. As a consequence, Tour officials cut the event to 54 holes.
Play did resume on Sunday morning, and Donald was among those players who had to complete their second rounds. He eventually carded a 5-under par 67 to move one shot behind leaders Graeme McDowell, Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford.
When he resumed after lunch, Donald simply left the field trailing to show the watching world just why he is the world number one, with a stunning 9-birdie 63 to lift the €550,249 first prize and extend his lead over Lee Westwood at the top of the Official Golf World Rankings.
“If you played well it was there for the taking and with the greens being softer and very little wind. But I holed the putts when I needed to, and I holed a bunch of 20, 25 footers out there today, and had a good feel for the greens. I was seeing the lines very well and it was nice to hold them when it mattered.
“I felt good out there. I felt very comfortable and very in control, and that’s a good sign for next week.”
The win is Donald’s third success in 2011, after earlier wins in the WGC-Accenture World Match Play and the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. Donald has also racked up a string of top-10 finishes on both the European Tour and PGA Tours, including a narrow play-off loss in The Heritage as well as T4 finishes in both the US Masters and The Players Championship.
Sweden’s Frederik Andersson Hed signed for a best-of-the-week round of 62 to claim second place on 15-under, one shot ahead of a seven-way tie for third on 14-under which included former US Masters champion Angel Cabrera and joint-second round leader Scott Jamieson.
Graeme McDowell might have claimed a place return for the YGT tipster, but after getting to 13-under par and still in the hunt for the win, suffered a calamitous nine at the par-5 12th after putting two balls into the gorse en-route to a quadruple bogey and eventually finished a distant T42 on 9-under par.
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