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Accenture Match Play Finals: Luke Donald Wins, Defeats Martin Kaymer 3 And 2

Luke Donald played a dominating week of golf, sealing the deal on Sunday by defeating newly-minted world #1 Martin Kaymer in the finals of the Accenture Match Play Championship. Donald was up three holes with two remaining, and automatically won the title. It's worth noting that Luke Donald didn't play the 18th hole once this whole week.

Donald, an Englishman, appeared to be quite at home in warm Arizona, though on Sunday wintry conditions delayed the completion of the tournament. 


Donald recovered from losing three of four holes entering the turn to win three of the first five on the back nine. He birdied the 11th, parred the 12th to win after a Kaymer bogey, and rolled in a birdie on the 15th to make the 16th a must-win situation for Kaymer.

Donald's win in the Accenture Match Play is his first World Golf Championship, and he did it without trailing in any match all week. That might be unprecedented, but this is: Donald won each match without playing the 18th hole this week, a first in the history of the Accenture Match Play.

With the tournament in hand, Donald earned a great cash prize: he took home $1,400,000 for his victory on Sunday. The Accenture Match Play Championship is the final Arizona PGA Tour event of 2011, capping off an eventful month -- the Waste Management Open took place earlier this month.