In what was one of the most exciting PGA Tour finishes of the 2012 season, Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) won Transitions Championship in a four-man playoff. The win is Donald's first of the season and moves him back to the number one spot in the Offical World Golf Rankings.
Donald finished the tournament at 13-under, tied with Robert Garrigus, Jim Furyk, and Sang-Moon Bae. In what many thought would be a long playoff, Donald made quick work of his three opponents by making birdie on the first playoff hole while everyone else made par. Donald's approach from the rough just cleared the bunker and came to rest about six feet away. Furyk's approach left him about 40 feet while Bae was just inside the 20 foot mark and Garrigus was just outside of Donald at 7 feet.
It was no surprise when Furyk and Bae couldn't convert their difficult birdie putts. After missing their attempts it was on to Garrigus who narrowly missed, leaving the door open for Donald to win.
The win was Donald's first since the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in October of last year. He earned $990,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points while reclaiming the top spot in the OWGR from Rory McIlroy.
Outside Looking In
It looked as though Ernie Els was going to steal the show as he entered the 17th up by one stroke. An errant tee shot on the par 3 forced him to make bogey, joining the rest of the group at 13-under. Els carried on to the 18th where it look like he would finish tied with the pack but a missed par putt from inside 5 feet dropped Els to 12-under and outside of the playoff.
Els made just seven bogies all week and played the 17th hole at 3-over par. Three of his bogies came on the 17th during the first, second, and final rounds. The back to back bogies on the 17th and 18th were the only two bogies of the final round for Els as he finished in a four way tie for 5th.
The PGA Tour moves to Orlando, Florida for the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard. Martin Laird is the defending champion.