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The final round at the Real Sociedad Hipica Espanola Club de Campo was a close-run affair between Donald and Davies but the Englishman effectively sealed the win with an eagle three at the par-5 16th - his third eagle of the week. "It's because I'm a big hitter," laughed Donald.
Donald's last victory on the European Tour was in the Omega European Masters of 2004 and his last on any tour was at the Honda Classic in 2006.
"It's been a while since I last won and to put last week behind me makes me very proud," said Donald.
Donald has climbed to ninth on the Official World Ranking making it an incredible four English golfers in the top 10.
With his runner's-up finish Rhys Davies continued his climb up the World Ranking and the Ryder Cup points list and was philosophical about missing out on the title.
"I didn't make a bogey in the final group in a big tournament," Davies said. "It didn't quite come off, but I've got lots to be pleased about."
Italy's Francesco Molinari joined the leaders when he eagled the 16th hole but it wasn't enough as Donald repeated the feat minutes later. The Italian finished alone in third, a shot ahead of Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell.
Madrid Masters Real Sociedad Hipica Espanola Club de Campo May 27-30, purse €1,500,000, par 72
1 Luke Donald (Eng) 65 67 68 67 267 €250,000 2 Rhys Davies (Wal) 65 68 67 68 268 €166,660 3 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 67 70 65 68 270 €93,900 4 Graeme McDowell (Nir) 68 68 70 65 271 €75,000 5 Robert Rock (Eng) 70 68 67 68 273 €63,600 T6 Jamie Donaldson (Wal) 65 70 70 70 275 €45,000 T6 Stephen Gallacher (Sco) 69 73 66 67 275 €45,000 T6 Peter Lawrie (Ire) 71 69 68 67 275 €45,000 9 Oliver Wilson (Eng) 70 71 70 65 276 €33,600
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage only
Fergus is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and it was concentrated by his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin (also of Golf Monthly)... Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?
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