March 18 2012
With his win at the Transitions Championship, Luke Donald:
● Earns fifth PGA TOUR victory in 221st career PGA TOUR start at the age of 34 years, 3 months, 12 days.
● PGA TOUR CAREER VICTORIES (5): 2002 Southern Farm Bureau Classic, 2006 The Honda Classic, 2011 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship; Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, 2012 Transitions Championship
● Is now exempt through the end of the 2017 season, coupled with five-year exemption for being the 2011 leader in official earnings. Earns invitation to the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
● Earns victory in his fourth-career start at the Transitions Championship. Was T22 (72-67-72-70) in 2002, T58 in 2003 (76-69-72-73) and T6 in 2010 (71-68-67-71).
● Becomes the fifth different international player to win the Transitions Championship and first from England (K.J. Choi/2002, 2006; Retief Goosen/2003, 2009; Vijay Singh/2004, Carl Pettersson/2005).
● Won despite not holding the lead following any of the first three rounds, the first time that has occurred in his five stroke-play victories on the PGA TOUR. Held the 54-hole lead at the 2002 Southern Farm Bureau Classic and 2006 Honda Classic and shared the first-round lead at the 2011 Children’s Miracle Network Classic.
● Moves back to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) after falling to No. 2 following The Honda Classic, a span of just two weeks. He held the No. 1 spot in the OWGR from May 29, 2011-February 26, 2012, a span of 39 weeks.
● Earns 500 FedExCup points and moves to No. 12 in the season-long points race. He has finished third in the final FedExCup standings in each of the last two years.
● Collects second consecutive top 10 of the 2012 PGA TOUR season, following a T6 at the previous week’s World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.
● Collects his 23rd top-10 finish in 43 starts since the start of the 2010 season, the most on the PGA TOUR.