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Donald jumps above Tiger and eyes final win of 2012

ESPN staff
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Luke Donald jumped above Tiger Woods to No. 2 in the latest world rankings following his victory at the Dunlop Phoenix on Sunday.

Donald led the tournament in Japan from start to finish, eventually securing a five-shot victory over Hideki Matsuyama. The Englishman now flies to Dubai for the season ending DP World Tour Championship, hoping to make it back-to-back wins and end on a high a season that has not quite lived up to the heights of 2011.

"Boom! Third win of the year - honoured to add my name to the great Champions that have won the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament," Donald said on Twitter. "Off to Dubai now via Seoul - my last tournament of the year, let's see if I can give it a run at back-to-back victories."

In a busy week of golf events, Adam Scott won at the Australian Masters - continuing a streak that has seen him claim a professional title every year since 2001.

The Australian had perhaps the most heart-wrenching meltdown of the year at the Open Championship, and admitted that victory on home soil had helped him come to terms with his disappointment at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

"In a small way, yes, but I haven't been dwelling on what happened at the Open at all," he said. "I put that out of my head the week afterwards. I had to, otherwise you would never come back to a golf course, would you? It was kind of painful."

Scott remains fifth in the world rankings despite his victory, but other winners last week have noticed a significant rise. SA Open champion Henrik Stenson is back inside the world's top 100 at 71st after his victory - while Miguel Angel Jimenez, who became the oldest European Tour winner ever at the Hong Kong Open, rose 39 places to 59th.

World rankings: 1. Rory McIlroy (NIR), 2. Luke Donald (ENG), 3. Tiger Woods (USA), 4. Lee Westwood (ENG), 5. Adam Scott (AUS), 6. Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), 7. Justin Rose (ENG), 8. Jason Dufner (USA), 9. Webb Simpson (USA), 10. Brandt Snedeker (USA), 11. Bubba Watson (USA), 12. Phil Mickelson (USA), 13. Ian Poulter (ENG), 14. Steve Stricker (USA), 15. Keegan Bradley (USA), 15. Nick Watney (USA), 17. Matt Kuchar (USA), 18. Dustin Johnson (USA), 19. Peter Hanson (SWE), 20 Ernie Els (RSA).

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