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Sunday, 16 March 2014
Luke Donald   (Getty Images)
Luke Donald (Getty Images)
Luke Donald recorded his first top-five finish of 2014 as US PGA Tour veteran John Senden won just his second title in 13 years with a one shot victory at the Valspar Championship in Florida.

The Australian's only previous win had been at the John Deere Classic in 2006 but a closing round of 70 was enough to see him finish seven under and edge American Kevin Na into second.

The highlight of his round was a stunning 68 foot chip for birdie at the par four 16th and he followed that with another birdie at 17 before finishing with a par.

"The pitch shot (on 16) came in there a little left to right and I just thought, 'I just want to get this inside a couple of feet and walk off the green," said Senden. "It was really just like a magic shot."

"(On) 17 I had a really good line, I had a left to right, about a foot of break and I just struck it well and it went straight in the middle.

"The scoring always stays under double figures here and I think that if I could just stay in the moment I knew that I was swinging well enough to go out there and give it a shake."

Another American, Scott Langley, finished on five under after a closing 70 which put him a shot ahead of Garrigus, Will MacKenzie and former World Number One Donald.

Birdies at three and nine had put Donald well in contention but he dropped shots at 11 and 13 and eventually finished with a 70 after making a four at the par five 14th.

Fellow Englishman Justin Rose had also been primed to make a challenge after birdieing the first but a run of five bogeys in seven holes from the seventh put paid to his bid.

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