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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 April, 2005, 22:43 GMT 23:43 UK
Donald storms to third at Augusta
Luke Donald
Luke Donald stormed to an impressive third at the Masters - his best finish in a major - after a scintillating final round 69.

It left the 27-year-old Englishman tied with Retief Goosen at five under and the top European at Augusta.

Donald became only the 10th player in Augusta history to eagle both the 13th and 15th in a stunning back nine, which included a birdie on 16.

Donald had struggled on the front nine, carding a bogey and a double bogey.

"I was very proud of my fightback," said Donald. "Every time I had a stumble, I fought back with a birdie. It's very encouraging.

"I felt very proud going onto the 18th - it's something I'd always dreamed of.

"It's a great performance and I think I will be back next year with confidence high."

Fellow Masters debutant David Howell, an earlier leader in the event, also ended with a 69 to finish the tournament two under.

The 29-year-old, from Swindon, hit an eagle on the second and, despite hitting trouble on Amen Corner, then rattled off a hat-trick of birdies from the 14th.

It's a difficult course and it doesn't make it easier when you have three shanks
Ian Poulter
Afterwards Howell, who ensured a return next year for finishing in the top 16, said: "For my first Masters I couldn't have asked for anything more.

"I'm thoroughly delighted. I learnt that when I play well I can compete with the best in the world."

Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke ended on level par after a 71, while Germany's two-time champion Bernhard Langer finished one over, also after a 71.

England's Ian Poulter had a far harder time of it on Sunday, adding a round of 76 to earlier rounds of 72, 74 and 72.

The Ryder Cup star was also plagued by a number of "shanks" - shots that squirt right - during the week.

"I'm not happy coming here and shooting those scores," he said. "It's a difficult course and it doesn't make it easier when you have three shanks."

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn, who had been Europe's best-placed player going into the final round, had a diabolical Sunday to slump from third to 25th.

Bjorn ran up an 81 to leave him nine over par for the round and two over for the tournament.

Things started poorly when he double bogeyed the second but he came undone on the back nine where he dropped a total of six shots.

Links to more Masters 2005 stories


Interview: England's Luke Donald

Interview: England's David Howell

Interview: England's Ian Poulter


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