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By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Innoculation found: Donald wins Match Play Championship

The term “Luke Donald Disease” was coined in the Telegraph two years ago by an American writer to describe rich underachievers, or in the words of the author, “wealthy complacent fat cats.” It was never fair to single out Luke Donald to make the point (a number of names could have been inserted in the blank). Weird to pick Donald, who seems soft-spoken and mild-mannered, but obviously, he’s deadly in matchplay.

This week in Tucson, Donald didn’t just beat new world number-one Martin Kaymer in the finals 3&2 to capture the Match Play Championship –he put on a short game clinic, downright dominated the event, playing only 89 holes and never trailing in six matches, and perhaps found the remedy to the shaking the negative moniker (which he shouldn’t have gotten in the first place).

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By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

Sergio smiling: we haven't seen much of this in recent years

Sergio Garcia returned to competitive golf at last week’s Castello Masters. Held at his home course outside Valencia, the tournament failed to produce the inspiring resurgence in competitive form the Spaniard had hoped for. Instead, he putted atrociously on his way to a missed cut. Two days of on-course apathy and post-round surliness, followed by a weekend of television coverage that couldn’t resist introducing the occasional shot of Casa Garcia’s draped windows as gloomy counterpoint to Manassero’s on-course activities, the week proved just another installment in golf’s grimmest psychodrama.

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