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Donald demonstrates dominance at Disney

Luke Donald cemented his dominance as the preeminent golfer this year by finishing No.1 on the PGA Tour Sunday with an 8-under 64 to win the Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Disneyland Florida.

Already No.1 in the world, the Englishman won the final tournament of the year in some style with six straight birdies off the back nine, including a stunning  45-foot putt on the 15th, to take a two-shot victory over American Justin Leonard.

''I told you guys on Wednesday that the goal was to win. Nothing was really going to be good enough other than that,'' Donald said. ''I think this is probably one of the most satisfying wins of my career just because of that.

‘‘It’s just knowing that I had to do it, and being able to do it; . . . it's very, very special.''

With 8 holes left to play playing partner and money list rival Webb Simpson had been level with Donald just one stroke behind the leader Kevin Chappel.

But a spell of pars rather than birdies down the home stretch meant Simpson was unable to keep up with the blitzing Brit and lost his grip on the money list.

''We gave ourselves a chance,'' said Simpson, who ultimately shot 69 and tied for sixth.

''The fact is, playing against the best player in the world, he's going to do something great like that most of the time, and he did. Made six birdies in a row. Tough to compete against.''

Donald, who shot at 17-under 271 and earned $846,000, ends the PGA season with a money list-topping total of $6.68m winnings this year.

The 33-year-old finished narrowly but conclusively ahead of nearest challenger Webb Simpson ($6.34m) who had briefly gone ahead after coming runner-up at the penultimate PGA event at Sea Island, Georgia.

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