Donald Wins Rain-Shortened Classic
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MADISON, Miss. (AP) _ Rookie Luke Donald became the 18th first-time winner on the PGA Tour this season when the final round of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic was canceled Monday because of rain.
The 24-year-old Donald finished with a 54-hole total of 15-under-par 201 when heavy rain left the Annandale Golf Club course unplayable.
Fifty-four players were on the soggy course when play was stopped after about an hour on Sunday. Twenty-seven players, including the leaders, did not start their final round.
No golf was played Monday.
Donald, the 1999 NCAA champion from Northwestern, moved into the lead with a third-round 67 Saturday. He earned $468,000 for the win. His previous best finish was 13th at the season-opening Sony Open in Hawaii.
Deane Pappas finished one stroke behind Donald at 14-under 202, and Brad Elder, who led the first two rounds, was third, another stroke back.
The course at Annandale Golf Club was already soaked from 13 inches of rain in the area the last five weeks, including about 4 inches last weekend.
Many players at the final tour event of the season were trying to play their way up the money list to earn playing privileges for next season.
The top 125 on the money list are fully exempt for next season. Those ranked lower must earn their cards in Q school, which begins this week.