Luke Donald of England poses with the Walter Hagen Trophy after defeating Martin Kaymer of Germany 3 and 2 in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament on Sunday in Marana, Ariz. (Photo/Agencies)

Englishman beats Kaymer 3&2 to win WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, his biggest Tour triumph to date, to end a five-year PGA title drought.

Relief seemed to ooze out of every pore of Luke Donald’s face as he spoke to the golfing media on Sunday after ending a PGA Tour title drought of five years. The Briton had just won the biggest tournament of his career, a 3 and 2 victory over German Martin Kaymer which earned him the prestigious WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

“It certainly bothered me,” Donald said of his long wait for a third PGA Tour career victory. “My goal every year is to win tournaments. It’s a long time since I’ve tried to play for money, you know.

“My first couple of years, maybe, as a rookie, you think about making your Tour card and making cuts and making enough money to play the next year. But it’s been a long time since that.”

Donald had not triumphed on the US circuit since the 2006 Honda Classic, although he recorded seven top-10 finishes to end the 2010 season seventh on the money list with earnings of $3.66 million.

“I solely focus on trying to win tournaments,” said the Englishman, who will rise to a career-high third in the world rankings on Monday.

“I felt like I hadn’t won my fair share for as good a player as I felt I was and could be. It was frustrating to me. Winning in Europe took a little bit off but obviously it was a little bit of a smaller event, not a field like this.”

Donald claimed the third European Tour victory of his career at last year’s Madrid Masters.

“But to come here and compete against the best players in the world and win the trophy is very gratifying,” he said, referring to the elite World Golf Championships (WGC) event that brings together the world’s top 64.

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