Donald wins Dunlop Phoenix by five strokes for first victory in Japan

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Luke Donald eagled the par-5 seventh hole and added three birdies against a pair of bogeys as he cruised to an easy triumph in the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan.
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Series: Other Tour

Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 | 12:22 p.m.

MIYAZAKI, Japan -- Luke Donald shot a 3-under 68 on Sunday to win the Dunlop Phoenix by five strokes for his first win on the Japan PGA Tour.

Donald eagled the par-5 seventh hole and added three birdies against a pair of bogeys at the Phoenix Country Club to finish at 16-under 268, five strokes ahead of Japanese amateur Hideki Matsuyama, who shot a 67.

Donald, who won both the PGA Tour and European Tour money titles last season, was playing in the Japan Tour event for the first time since 2007.

Koumei Oda shot a 64 to finish third at 10-under while Hiroyuki Fujita (70) and Australian Brendan Jones (71) finished tied for fourth place at 9 under.

Japan's Ryo Ishikawa, winner of last week's Taiheiyo Masters, had a 70 for 22nd at 1 under.

The win moves Donald back ahead of Tiger Woods into second in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Four clear with a round to go, Donald's first win since the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May never looked in doubt after he birdied the fourth, eagled the seventh and birdied the eighth. He did bogey the next two, but then came seven pars and a birdie on the long 18th.