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Donald double

He adds Europe to his money clip

Luke Donald, the PGA Tour money winner, is on top of the world after finishing third in Dubai and claiming the European title. Luke Donald, the PGA Tour money winner, is on top of the world after finishing third in Dubai and claiming the European title. (Jumana El heloueh/Reuters)
Associated Press / December 12, 2011
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Luke Donald became the first golfer to win both the PGA Tour and European Tour money titles, finishing third in the Dubai World Championship yesterday behind winner Alvaro Quiros.

Quiros made a 40-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole for a two-shot victory over 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie.

The top-ranked Donald, who won the PGA title in October, had to finish better than ninth or hope Rory McIlroy didn’t win the tournament. McIlroy, weakened with a virus all week, tied for 11th at 9-under-par 279. That left McIlroy more than $1.34 million behind Donald’s $7.12 million.

Quiros had a final-round 5-under 67 on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates to finish at 269. Donald was three shots behind Quiros after running off three birdies in a row for a 66. Peter Hanson was fourth, another two shots back, and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel was in fifth another shot behind.

The big-hitting Quiros came into the final day with a two-shot lead but squandered it after he had three bogeys on the front nine to go with five birdies. Lawrie, who led after the first day, took the lead after he notched five birdies in his first eight holes.

But Lawrie bogeyed the 12th after an approach shot missed the green and Quiros birdied the 14th to take the lead for good. Lawrie’s short game continued to haunt him when an errant chip on 16 cost him a birdie chance. Then, the 42-year-old Lawrie missed a 6-foot birdie putt at the 17th to tied it.

Quiros reached the 18th green in two while Lawrie was there in three. Rather than play it safe, Quiros clinched the win by sinking the long eagle putt. The Spaniard pumped his fist as the crowd cheered. The win was just Quiros’s second this year and sixth overall on the tour.

PGA Tour - Former Hopkinton High star and PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley combined with Brendan Steele to shoot a 13-under 59 in scramble play to become the first tour rookies to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Fla.

Bradley and Steele took control with an eagle by Steele on No. 14 and a birdie on No. 15, finishing at 32-under 184 for a three-stroke victory over the teams of Mark Calcavecchia and Nick Price (61) and Rory Sabbatini and Jhonattan Vegas (60).

Charles Howell III and Justin Leonard and 2009 champions Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker tied for fourth another shot back.

“We played well,’’ Bradley said. “We got off to a slow start, kind of like we did all three days, but we played this last stretch of holes really well.’’

Bradley and Steele had been talking about playing in Greg Norman’s event since the spring, and said they weren’t at the three-format event to “goof off.’’

After sharing the lead with Calcavecchia and Price following the first round of modified alternate shot, they were one ahead of them after Saturday’s better-ball.

Bradley and Steele made seven straight birdies from Nos. 6 to 13, then Steele made an eagle putt from off the green, and followed that up with a 4-footer on No. 15 for birdie.

The pair shared $750,000 from the $3-million purse.

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