Luke Donald spoiled Martin Kaymer’s rise to No. 1 in the world by winning the Match Play Championship at Marana, Ariz., on Sunday without having to play the 18th hole all week.
On a bizarre final day in the high desert, which began with snow covering the fairways, Donald pulled ahead for good with a birdie on the par-5 11th and a par on the next hole, eventually closing out Kaymer on No. 16 for a 3-and-2 victory.
The consolation prize for Kaymer is going to No. 1 in the world rankings, which he assured by reaching the championship match.
Donald was in more dire need of this trophy, however. It was his first win in America in five years, and it was only his second win worldwide since he captured the 2006 Honda Classic. The 33-year-old Englishman had done just about everything right except win.
Johnson Wagner won the Mayakoba Golf Classic for his second PGA Tour title, beating Spencer Levin with a par on the first hole of a playoff at Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Wagner, also the 2008 Houston Open winner, closed with a 4-under 67 to match Levin at 17-under 267 on the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon course. Levin shot a 65.
Champions Tour player John Cook shot a 66 to finish third at 14 under. Chris Stroud (70) was fourth at 13 under, and David Toms (67), Rory Sabbatini (66) Brian Gay (68), Briny Baird (69), Jarrod Lyle (70) and Bobby Gates (70) were 12 under.
Wagner had four birdies – on Nos. 7, 8, 11 and 13 – in a bogey-free round.
He earned $666,000 in the event played opposite the Match Play Championship in Arizona.
Karrie Webb surged ahead with four straight birdies on the back nine and held off Japan’s Chie Arimura for a one-shot victory at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.
The 36-year-old Webb, who earned $210,000 for the victory, was even on the front nine and bogeyed No. 10 before the string of birdies on Nos. 11-14 at Tanah Merah Country Club.
Arimura (71) had led from the first round and had a one-shot advantage entering Sunday.
World No. 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan (67) jumped into contention with five birdies on the front nine, but couldn’t keep up that pace and finished third at 10-under 278.
South Korea’s Sun Young Yoo finished fourth, followed by American Morgan Pressel and Na Yeon Choi of South Korea. Michelle Wie (75) finished at 8-over 296.