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Thirty-two birdies against only five bogeys (and one triple) are guaranteed to reduce stress. Kaymer, who played 36 holes last Saturday to Donald's 27, looked tired on the second nine on Sunday, when he made three small mistakes. He missed a five-foot putt at the 11th to go 1 down, made a poor swing with a seven-iron at the 12th to go 2 down and missed another five-footer at 15 to fall 3 down.
The victory, Donald's eighth worldwide, jumped him from ninth to within shouting distance of Kaymer in the World Ranking. It could be time for Donald to move from underachiever to underrated.
"He shows up and plays well every week," Chamblee says. "I could see Luke Donald getting to Number 1, I really could."
Asked about that possibility, Donald says simply, "Well, I'd have to keep winning."
An inch of wet snow covered the course on Sunday morning. Sleet and hail briefly stopped play during the final match. We have entered a new era. Anything is possible.
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