Snow covered the fairways at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championships in Arizona before Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer squared off for the championship match on Sunday.

If you think snow in Arizona is surprising - even in February - it barely compares to the surprise of Donald winning the Match Play. Look through all the brackets you can find, from experts to casual fans, and finding Donald's name as the last one standing is as expected as nearly an inch of snow on an Arizona golf course.

Donald didn't just win the WGC Accenture, he dominated it. With his 3-and-2 victory over Martin Kaymer, Donald finished a tournament in which he was setting records left and right. He became the first golfer to never trail in a match, play only 89 holes (in six matches) and never had to play the 18th hole.

The twists and turns of this match play event made it compelling to watch, even absent the top stars of the PGA Tour. No Woods, no Mickelson, no Westwood, no problem. It's been a theme in the early stages of the PGA Tour season. The quality of golf, however, cannot be questioned. Donald simply continued what we've been seeing all year.

It was Donald's first win in five years in the U.S., but up until the back-nine, it was all-square and Kaymer was on the edge of breaking the match open.

Donald's tee shot on the 10th hole found a hazard area, while Kaymer was sitting in the middle of the fairway. Momentum was clearly on Kaymer's side, but an up-and-down recovery on the 10th and wins on the 11th and 12th crushed any edge Kaymer was holding.

Three-up after 15 holes, Donald had Kaymer on the ropes. One hole later, Kaymer conceded the match to Donald. For as long as Donald and Kaymer stalemated their tug-of-war, it only took Donald a few holes on the back nine to pull Kaymer face first into the mud and raise the championship trophy over his head.

Matt Kuchar finished third after beating Bubba Watson in the consolation match 2-and-1.

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World Rankings shift again

Donald may have taken the championship Sunday, but just playing in the final round earned Kaymer the No. 1 ranking in the World Golf Rankings.

For the first time since 1992, European players hold the Top-4 spots in the rankings: 1. Kaymer 2. Westwood 3. Donald 4. McDowell. The European power on the PGA Tour may never be better than it is today: Westwood is always at the top, but never quite pulling in majors; McDowell won the U.S. Open; Kaymer won the PGA (and is No. 1 in the world today); Padraig Harrington has won three majors in the last three years; Europe took back the Ryder Cup; and players like the Molinari brothers, Donald, Rory McIlroy, Alvaro Quiros and Ian Poulter are always contending (just to name a few).

Even with Woods on a continual downswing, the play of European Tour players cannot be overstated. Don't be surprised if European players and other non-American players sweep the majors this year. It hasn't happened since 1994, but all signs are showing it's a real possibility this year.