Dubai: Spaniard Alvaro Quiros holed a 40-foot eagle putt on the 18th to clinch a two-shot win over Paul Lawrie at the Dubai World Championship on Sunday as No. 1-ranked Luke Donald became the first golfer in history to win both the American and European money titles.
The 34-year-old Donald, who won the American title earlier this year, had to finish better than ninth or hope his only rival Rory McIlroy didn't win the tournament. He finished third while McIlroy, who has struggled with a lingering virus all week, finished with a 9-under 279 and a tie for 11th in the tournament. That left McIlroy more than €1 million ($1.34 million) behind Donald in the money race.
"It's funny to kind of sum up my feelings," said Donald, who has just come back from five weeks off in which he buried his father Colin and was on hand for the birth of his second child.