Two more awards for Donald
Luke Donald’s stocks keep rising. On Monday he was named PGA of America player of the year.
Luke Donald’s stokes keep rising. On Monday he was named PGA of America player of the year.
But that wasn’t all.
Apart from having already won the US PGA Tour’s Money List title with his victory at Disney World on Sunday, the ‘Mr Consistency’ of World Golf on Monday brought his end-of-season awards in the US to three by also picking up the coveted Vardon Trophy for the season’s lowest adjusted scoring average.
Donald is only the second Englishman, after Sir Nick Faldo in 1990, to lay claim to the points-based PGA of America honour, which was first awarded in 1948.
Though he has yet to win a major, his two PGA Tour victories and remarkable consistency were enough to edge out American Webb Simpson for both the Money List and PGA of American awards.
Donald, who triumphed at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February before coming from five shots behind to win the Disney Classic on Sunday, totalled 60 points.
Simpson, also a double winner on the 2011 PGA Tour, earned 56 points while fellow American Nick Watney was third with 48 points.
Donald, who recorded an eye-catching 14 top-10 finishes in 19 PGA Tour starts, also won the coveted Vardon Trophy for the season’s lowest adjusted scoring average.
The 33-year-old ran away with that one, his average score of 68.86 relegating Simpson (69.25) to a distant second place, with American world number four Steve Stricker (69.36) third.
Donald is now the front-runner to scoop PGA Tour Player of the Year honours, which will be announced in early December.
Based on a ballot of PGA Tour members, this award is perhaps the most cherished by the players as it reflects their standing among their peers.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Donald, once accused by an American journalist, Barker Davis, of being a money-grabber with no real ambition to win anything, is also set to come out of the 2011 European Tour as it’s premier golfer by winning the Race to Dubai ward.
Here he leads Rory McIlroy by €1.3 million and though not yet a certain winner, he has a commanding lead heading into the season’s last half-dozen or so events.
Should he win the European money crown, it would, in turn, bring with it a further aclaim as it would make him golf’s first-ever winner of the Money list titles on both the US PGA and The European Tours.
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