Donald looking to add to Madrid win

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After finally ending more than four years without a win, Luke Donald hopes to make it two in eight days at this week's Wales Open. The 32-year-old, now the fourth English player in the world's top nine after his victory at the Madrid Masters, will be the highest-ranked player on show at Celtic Manor.

It should be the first of two trips Donald makes to the venue this year – the second being for the Ryder Cup in October.

He is up to fourth in the points race after beating Welshman Rhys Davies by a shot with a performance that went a long way toward making amends for losing the BMW PGA Championship by one stroke.

The contrast between the two finishes could hardly have been starker. At Wentworth, Donald had a double-bogey on the penultimate hole, but at Real Sociedad he eagled the 16th after hitting a 252-yard fairway wood to 12 feet.

"It's been a while since I won and to put last week behind me makes me very proud," he said after producing a closing 67 for a 21-under-par total.

"The way I played means a lot to me. The eagle was huge because Rhys put a lot of pressure on me."