Luke Donald could have played at the Nedbank Golf Challenge as a record breaker, but Rory McIlroy’s victory at the Hong Kong Open interfered with his plans.
Still highest ranked on the European Tour money list, Donald teed off at Sun City Shortly before second-ranked McIlroy fired a 15-foot birdie on number 18 to claim a victory at the Hong Kong Open and stir up the European Tour money race.
Northern Ireland’s 22-year-old U.S. Open champion who was three strokes behind from Spaniard Alvaro Quiros before the final round, made five birdies and no bogeys for a total of 12-under 268.
In the meantime, France’s Gregory Havret finished second with a 65 and Sweden’s Peter Hanson took third with a 9-under-70.
However, the winner’s cheque of $458,330 was not enough to put McIlroy ahead of Donald who still holds a $1 million advantage.
In order to win the money race, the Northern Irishman needs to claim a victory the season-ending Dubai World Championship and hope that the Englishman will take place outside of the top eight.
Unless it happens, Luke Donald will still claim a historic Order of Merit double both on the European and PGA Tour.