• The Masters, Round Four

Woods & Donald finish well down the field

ESPN staff
April 8, 2012
Luke Donald finished the tournament above both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy © Getty Images

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Luke Donald preserved his status as world No. 1 after an impressive final round at The Masters on Sunday, although both he and Tiger Woods still finished well down the field.

Donald carded a round of 68 to climb to three-over for the tournament and - with Rory McIlroy struggling behind him on the course - ensured he will remain the top-ranked player in the world for another week at least.

Woods, meanwhile, birdied the last to card a final round of 74, five-over for the tournament. He was later joined at the same score by McIlroy, who closed a disappointing tournament with a 76.

"I didn't drive the ball very good, and I didn't putt very well either," Woods said. "I can do it on the range, it's just a matter of taking that out on the course."

The highlight of Donald's round came at the 15th, as he chipped in (using one of his woods) to make a morale-boosting eagle. That followed prior birdies at the second, seventh, eighth and 13th - although the Englishman would subsequently bogey the 18th as the after-effects of his opening three rounds of 75, 73 and 75 left him well down the field.

"I'm disappointed. It's not what I wanted," Donald said. "Regardless of ranking I should be contending. I feel my game is good enough."

It was Bo Van Pelt who offered an early indication that there a scored could be made at Augusta on Sunday.

The American, starting the day at seven-over, was back to level-par by the time he reached the 17th tee - thanks primarily to a hole-in-one at the par-three 16th, as he pitched his short-iron approach 20-feet right of the pin before seeing it follow the contours of the green into the heart of cup.

He had earlier eagled the par-five 13th, the second year in succession that he had made two eagles in the final round. Van Pelt eventually signed for a round of 64 - the lowest round of the tournament - leaving him one-under for the tournament.

Defending champion Charl Schwartzel ended his tournament at eight-over after a final round of 74, eight shots worse than the memorable round that saw him claim the green jacket 12 months ago. The South African finished two shots behind Martin Kaymer, who celebrated making his first cut at the tournament with a final round 72.

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