Two weeks ago Luke Donald lost the world number one ranking to Rory McIlroy (FJ Sport & PureTouch) after holding it for 40 consecutive weeks. This week, Englishman Luke Donald, wearing custom FJ ICON MyJoys, emerged from a four man playoff to win the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook Golf Resort to reclaim the world number one ranking.
Beginning the day three strokes off of the 54-hole lead, Donald shot a flawless bogey free, five under par 66 to tie Robert Garrigus (FJ SPORT) and two other competitors for a sudden death playoff.
Donald, teeing off last in the playoff, narrowly missed his tee shot to the right rough. Hitting his approach shot first, Donald took dead aim striking a mid iron to within five feet of the hole. His playing competitors could not muster similar brilliance on their approaches and fell outside of Donald. With all of his playing competitors missing their birdie bids, Donald had the five footer for the win and the world number one ranking. Luke stroked the putt and watched it curl into the left side of the cup for the victory.
Luke Donald still has his eyes on this seasons first major stating, "I feel like I've achieved a lot in my career but this is perfect preparation. I've got two weeks off now and can look forward to Augusta."
Rory McIlroy also chimed via twitter on the Englishman supplanting him as the top ranked golfer, "Well I enjoyed it while it lasted! Congrats @LukeDonald! Impressive performance!"
FJ Loyalist Julien Quesne produced the round of his life on the final day of the Open de Andalucía Costa del Sol and with it walked away with the €166,660 winner’s prize.
The 31 year old Frenchman, who graduated from last season’s Challenge Tour wearing FJ ICON Wave had never before won more than the €22,464 he took home for finishing 17th at last month’s Avantha Masters in a European Tour event.
But an eight under par 64 – matching the Aloha course record – took him to 17 under par and neither FJ ambassador Matteo Manassero (FJ Sport and StaSof) or the rest of the field could catch him.
Quesne birdied four of the last five holes, his magnificent approach to the difficult 18th leaving him a five foot putt which he nervelessly holed.
The two-time Challenge Tour winner, never previously higher than 16th in a European Tour event and 322nd in the Official World Golf Ranking, finished two clear of Italian teenager Manassero,
Quesne birdied both par fives on the front nine, and rolled in mid-range birdie putts at the eighth and ninth to turn in 32.
After five consecutive pars he sunk a 12 footer at the 14th to spark his decisive run, rolling in a 15 footer at the 15th and two-putting from 60 feet at the long 16th before producing one of the shots of the week into the final green.
Quesne moves to around 180th in the Official World Golf Ranking from 322nd and becomes the 400th different winner in European Tour history.