With Swede Carl Pettersson victory at the Heritage Classic at Hilton Head to claim his fifth career PGA title Luke Donald has given up his number one ranking to Rory McIlroy.
Pettersson shot a final round two-under-par 69 to finish the tournament at 14-under, a comfortable five shots clear of his nearest rival, former Masters champion Zach Johnson (70).
“The swing felt good,” Pettersson said. “I felt calm. It was a great feeling.”
It was his first PGA Tour win since the 2010 Canadian Open which allowed him to match Jesper Parnevik’s total for most won by a Swedish player.
Donald needed to finish eighth or better to retain his number one ranking but the Englishman tied for 37th after a final round 71 for a two-over total 286. Northern Ireland’s McIlroy will leapfrog back to the top when the updated rankings are released yesterday.