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 earlier this year, 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 279. That left McIlroy more than $1.34 million behind Donald in the money race.
"It's funny to kind of sum up my feelings" said Donald, who has just come back from 5 weeks off in which he buried his father and was on hand for the birth of his second child.
"You know, this is something I've wanted for the past few months, to try and win both money lists," Donald said. "It's very strange because I looked at the leaderboard on 13 and couldn't see Rory. I couldn't see Rory's name on there and the leaders were playing well, and at that point, I kind of knew I had made history and the last six holes were kind of surreal."
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 he ran off three birdies in a row for a 6-under 66. Peter Hanson of Sweden was fourth, another two shots back, and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel was in fifth another shot behind.
At Naples, Fla., PGA Champion Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele shot a 13-under 59 in scramble play to become the first PGA Tour rookies to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
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 two teams.
The two 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 Champions Tour golfers Mark Calcavecchia and Nick Price following the first round of modified alternate shot, they were one ahead of them after Saturday's better-ball.