Sunday, April 24, 2011


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, South Carolina (AP) — Brandt Snedeker rallied from six shots behind and beat Luke Donald at the third hole of a play-off in The Heritage to deny the Englishman the No. 1 world ranking
Donald would've risen to the top spot in the world from No. 3 had he won. His countryman, Lee Westwood, moved from No. 2 to No. 1, replacing Martin Kaymer, after winning the Indonesian Masters earlier Sunday.
Donald had saved par from difficult spots on the 71st and 72nd holes to force the play-off, then did it again on the second extra hole. But his luck ran out on Harbour Town Golf Links' closing lighthouse hole, No. 18, when he got a partially buried lie in a front bunker.
Donald blasted out about 15 feet from the flag and his chip for par from just off the green hit the back edge of the cup and bounced away, giving Snedeker his second career US PGA Tour title - worth $1,026,000 in cash - and his first since the 2007 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Snedeker finished with a 7-under 64 to match Donald at 12 under 272. Donald shot his second straight 70.
Tommy Gainey finished a stroke back after a 68.
Brian Davis was the next best Brit after Donald with a 69 for joint 21st place on 279.
Ian Poulter signed off with a 71 after a bad third-round 75 on Saturday. Poulter tied for 36th place on 281.
Graeme McDowell is putting some pretty ordinary performances of late. His last two rounds in the Heritage were both mediocre 74s for a player of his class. The Ulsterman finished joint 61st on 285. His first two rounds had been 68 and 69.

+Luke Donald is No 1 in one respect - the leading money-winner on the US PGA Tour this year. His runner-up place cheque at the Heritage amounted to $615,600 and boosted his winnings in 2011 in America to $2,754,067 for six events. Martin Laird is fifth in the US money table with earnings of £2,158,563

Par 284
272 Brandt Snedeker (US) 69 67 72 64, Luke Donald (England) 67 65 70 70 (Snedeker won at the third hole of a sudden-death play-off.
273 Tommy Gainey (US) 71 67 67 68.
274 Tim Herron (US) 65 71 71 67, Ricky Barnes (US) 71 67 67 69.
Selected scores:
279 Brian Davis (England) 68 74 68 69 (T21.
281 Ian Poulter (England) 69 66 75 71 (T36).
285 Graeme McDowell (N Ireland) 68 69 74 74 (T61).



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