Posted on European Tour - November 22, 2012
"Luke Donald, a winner in Japan last Sunday, became the man to catch again after a sparkling start to the lucrative DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
The first event to feature all 12 of Europe's Ryder Cup heroes since their triumph in Chicago in September saw Donald race to seven under par after just 14 holes.
He led The European Tour's final event of the season by one from Scot Marc Warren and Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño, while World Number One Rory McIlroy - uncatchable at the top of The Race to Dubai - stood two under after 11 holes.
Donald moved back up to second in the Official World Golf Ranking ahead of Tiger Woods by taking the Dunlop Phoenix title at the weekend and is seeking to match McIlroy's four wins this year.
He birdied the fifth, seventh and eighth to turn in 33, started for home with two more, made a 15 footer at the short 13th and only just missed an eagle attempt at the 626 yard 14th."