Atwal finishes 59th, Donald wins title
Lake Buena Vista (US): Arjun Atwal, who began the week by sharing the lead after the first round ended the tournament in tied 59th place at the Children`s Miracle Network Classic. The Orlando-based golfer had three birdies against four bogeys in his round of one-over 73 and ended at three-under 285 in tied 59th place after being tied 49th at the end of third round.
Atwal, who has a two-year exemption till the end of 2012, finished 123rd on the Money List. Tiger Woods, who played just nine events in the season was 128th, but with multiple Majors and Money titles, he has ensured starts for a long time. The week ended on a splendid note for World number one Luke Donald, who played a brilliant back nine with six straight birdies to win the title and with it the take the Money List title. He is already top on the European Money List and could become the first player ever to top the Money List on both European and US PGA Tours.
Donald trailed Webb Simpson by USD 363,029 at the start of the week and he was two shots behind Simpson at the turn. Then Donald played the best stretch of his career and holed four birdies inside eight feet. Then came a 18-footer for birdie on par-5 14th and finally a 45-footer on the 15th for his six successive birdie.
It sealed his second PGA Tour win of the season and he also won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average. He is now the favourite for the PGA Tour player of the year, decided by the players voting. Donald is also the first international player to win the Tour
Money title since Vijay Singh did in 2008. He is also the first player from England to win the PGA Tour Money title.