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Luke Donald has been named European Tour Golfer of the Month for May following a stunning run of successes.

Luke Donald has been named The European Tour Golfer of the Month for May following his stunning run of successes that ended with his victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club on Sunday.

Donald, who climbed into the World No 1 hot seat with his Wentworth win, received an engraved alms dish and a jeroboam of Moët & Chandon champagne for a month of heroics that included a tie for fourth at the Players Championship on the US PGA Tour, the runner-up spot in the Volvo World Match Play Championship and his outstanding come-from-behind victory in the BMW PGA Championship, the flagship event of the European Tour

In winning on the West Course with a birdie four at the first extra hole of a play-off against Lee Westwood, Donald claimed his second win on The 2011 European Tour International Schedule, the unassuming 32-year-old Englishman having captured the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February.

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Ian Poulter, who won the Volvo World Match Play Championship at Finca Cortesin by beating Donald 2 and 1 in the final, Thomas Aiken (Open de España), Darren Clarke (Iberdrola Open) and Michael Hoey (Madeira Islands Open) were other winners during another remarkable month which closed with Westwood and Donald duelling over 73 holes for World Number One honours and seven of the top ten in the Official World Golf Ranking being European Tour Members.

The judging panel, which comprised members of the Association of Golf Writers as well as commentators from radio and television, acknowledged Donald’s spectacular consistency as well as his determination to become the number one golfer in the world.

Iain Carter, Golf Correspondent of BBC Radio Five Live, said: “Luke Donald is living his life on the leaderboard. He enjoyed another fabulous month, following an extraordinary run of success, and by winning the BMW PGA Championship he realised two objectives:

– Winning a tournament he watched every year as a youngster, and…

-To be recognised as the best golfer in the world.

“He has fully earned his Number One status and he is unanimously our choice of Golfer of the Month.”

Donald was also named The Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Month for February and, along with other season winners so far; Martin Kaymer (January), Paul Lawrie (March) and Charl Schwartzel (April), he will be considered for The 2011 Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year Award which was won jointly by Graeme McDowell and Kaymer in 2010.