Donald's revival lifts Langer

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Luke Donald kept his cool in the Swiss mountains to see off two of his more distinguished Ryder Cup team-mates and win the European Masters here yesterday.

Luke Donald kept his cool in the Swiss mountains to see off two of his more distinguished Ryder Cup team-mates and win the European Masters here yesterday.

The 26-year-old Englishman was Bernhard Langer's last call-up but looked far from a rookie as he came from a shot behind to beat the overnight leader Miguel Angel Jimenez by four strokes. He faced a daunting test of nerves as he went out in the final group on the final day in the same group as Jimenez and another Spaniard, Sergio Garcia.

After starting well, Garcia became more erratic with every hole and eventually conceded defeat after going out of bounds on the 14th for a double bogey. Jimenez also failed to show the form of the previous three days and recorded a one-over -par final round to open the door for Donald, who will play alongside him in Detroit later this month.

Donald gave Langer and his own travelling contingent some worrying moments by missing two short putts at the 11th and the unlucky 13th to settle for bogeys. But he never lost his position at the top of the leaderboard after holing for an eagle at the par-five first hole.

Each time he dropped a shot he responded with a birdie to record a round of 66, finishing on 19 under par - five clear of Jimenez - to secure his second win on the European tour.

Elsewhere, in Boston, Vijay Singh eagled the first hole on his way to an eight-under-par 63 to take a two-shot lead over Tiger Woods, Bill Haas and John Rollins after the second round of the Deutsche Bank Classic.

The former world No 1 David Duval, now No 631, sank a three-foot birdie putt on the final hole to finish on an even-par 142, just making the cut. It was the first cut the 2001 Open champion had made in 15 months.

European Masters (Crans-sur-Sierre): Leading final scores (GB or Irl unless stated): 265 L Donald 67 67 65 66. 270 M A Jimenez (Sp) 65 67 66 72. 271 S Garcia (Sp) 66 65 68 72; R Coles 70 68 69 64; E Romero (Arg) 68 67 67 69. 272 G McDowell 69 67 66 70. 273 E Els (SA) 69 67 66 71. 274 C Kyoung-ju (S Kor) 76 65 66 67; C Rodiles (Sp) 67 69 72 66. 276 D Fichardt (SA) 69 67 69 71; P O'Malley (Aus) 72 65 71 68; S Scahill (NZ) 70 68 72 66. 277 A Cabrera (Arg) 67 73 68 69; J Kingston (SA) 68 69 71 69; C Spence (Aus) 69 67 66 75. 278 S Dyson 68 68 74 68; P Fowler (Aus) 67 68 71 72; M Roe 72 69 68 69, C Schwartzel (SA) 68 66 71 73. 279 B Dredge 69 68 72 70; A Marshall 72 65 73 69; R Rock 71 70 70 68; A Wall 70 72 67 70.

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