Donald regains number 1 ranking with win

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Updated: March 19, 2012

Luke Donald is back on top of the World after holding out on a drama-packed Sunday and winning a four-man play-off at the Transitions Championship at Palm Harbour in Florida.

The 34-year-old Englishman, who closed with a super-solid 66 to finish at 13-under, beat Jim Furyk (69), fellow American Robert Garrigus (64), and Korean young gun Sang-moon Bae (Kor) (68) at the first extra-hole of the play-off to claim his fifth career victory on the US PGA Tour on a day when Ernie Els came in from the cold to get among the log-jam of front runners who flirted with victory.

Els led by a shot at the 15th, lost the chance to go two clear when he missed a near sitter at the 16th and then lost the plot and bogeyed each of the last two holes to throw away a great chance of a victory that would have hoisted him high enough on the World Ranking list to qualify for next month’s Masters.