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BMW win revs up Donald's major ambition

LUKE DONALD sits proudly at the top of world golf again - but he still believes he has critics to silence.

Donald's successful defence of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth yesterday was his sixth victory in the last 15 months.

He is still not a major winner, though, and he said: "Obviously winning one would satisfy some of my critics.

"But personally the goal is to win more than one. I feel like I have that ability and hopefully that will happen.

"It's putting four rounds together like I did this week."

The 34-year-old was the only player to have all his rounds in the 60s as he retained the European Tour's flagship event by four strokes from Justin Rose and Paul Lawrie.

First-round leader Peter Lawrie picked up a cheque for €225,000 after reaching the clubhouse yesterday evening in fourth, seven shots adrift of Donald, while Waterville's David Higgins finished in a group of five sharing 10th place on four under.

Donald now heads back to America for this week's Memorial tournament in Ohio, with Rory McIlroy among the opposition again and desperate to hit back from two successive missed cuts.


Then comes the US Open, starting two weeks on Thursday. McIlroy is the defending champion at the Olympic Club in San Francisco and still the bookmakers' favourite, but Donald is the one with the momentum right now.

"I feel that when I'm playing well I'm hard to beat," Donald said. "But I think there are 20 to 25 guys who would say that.

"I take a great amount of satisfaction from this. Every time I win it adds to my confidence and these victories are key to bringing that confidence into the majors."

This was his first retention of a title and he added: "What a great one to do it at. This is our biggest event on the European Tour. To come and defend and get back to number one is very sweet indeed."