DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Luke Donald became the first golfer to win both the PGA Tour and European Tour money titles, finishing third in the Dubai World Championship on Sunday behind winner Alvaro Quiros.
Quiros made a 40-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole for a 2-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 five 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 3 shots behind Quiros after he ran off three birdies in a row for a 6-under 66. Peter Hanson of Sweden was fourth, another 2 shots back, and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel was in fifth, another shot behind.
The big-hitting Quiros came into the final day with a 2-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.