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Donald on top of the world again

Englishman Luke Donald reclaimed the world number one ranking by winning the BMW Championship at Wentworth. He also showed he is in ominous form ahead of next month’s US Open in San Francisco.

Donald has been alternating with Rory McIlroy at the top of the rankings, but the Irishman missed the cut at Wentworth. Even if he had been around for the last two days, he is unlikely to have been able to live with the relentless Donald on this form.

Donald first claimed the number one slot in May 2011 by winning at Wentworth, so the tournament has extra significance for him. "I was just trying to plug away and maintain my lead for the whole day," he said. "This was a big week for me, especially as I was defending champion, and I felt the pressure of being in the lead overnight. But I was happy with the way I performed."

That must be an understatement. Donald briefly allowed Justin Rose hopes of overhauling him on the final round, but quickly rolled in a couple of consecutive birdie putts to pull away in front.

World rankings are a sign of consistency, but majors are what put golfers in the record books. Donald feels they are well within his capabilities. "I want to win majors," he said. "Every time I win a tournament like this it tells me that I am getting closer. It adds to my confidence. I feel like my game is heading in the right place."

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