Sunday, December 11, 2011


Luke Campbell Donald completed an historic money list double as he captured The Race to Dubai title at Jumeirah Golf Estates today.
The World No 1 had already won the US PGA Tour money list, and added European Number One to his CV when his last remaining challenger, Rory McIlroy, failed to win the Dubai World Championship presented by DP World.
It completes a remarkable year for Donald, who becomes the first player to win the money list on both sides of the Atlantic.
"It's funny to sum up how I feel," said Donald. "This is something I've wanted for the last few months - to try and win both Money Lists. Obviously with my come from behind win at Disney, this really became possible.
"I got what I came for, and that was to win The Race to Dubai and do the double and create history."
Having captured the World Golf Championship –Accenture Match Play title in Arizona in February, he added The European Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, beating Lee Westwood in a play-off and becoming World Number One in the process.
The 34 year old Englishman - he had his 34th birthday on December 7 - from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire  added a third title at the Barclays Scottish Open before winning the Children’s’ Miracle Network Classic at Disneyland to secure the US PGA Tour money list crown.
Coming as it did little more than a month since his father died suddenly, Donald did well to hold himself together over the closing few holes knowing what he had achieved.
He even birdied the last three holes for a second successive 66 and took third place in the tournament, one behind Scot Paul Lawrie and three behind Spain's Alvaro Quiros, who eagled the 18th for a notable double of his own after taking the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February.
Only when he was being interviewed afterwards did the tears well up in Donald's eyes as he was asked what his father would have thought and done.
"He would have been very proud and he would just give me a big hug," he said.
"My father hopped into my head quite a few times (over the closing stretch).
"I didn't really look at a leaderboard until the 13th, but didn't see Rory's name and so knew it was mine."
McIlroy, who finished with another 71, has pulled out of this week's event in Thailand and on doctor's advice will stay in Dubai for a few days' rest before flying home.
He has been suffering from a virus and was even told it might be Dengue fever, so is looking forward to putting his clubs away until just before the Abu Dhabi Championship - Tiger Woods as well as Donald will be there too - on January 20-23.
"I think this week was one too many," said McIlroy, referring to a hectic recent schedule that has seen him make three trips to Asia and one to Bermuda.
"But Luke deserves it. Basically every time he's teed it up he's had a chance or he's finished in the top five or top ten.
"Mentally you have to be so good just to keep grinding out the scores when you need to.
"But I've made great progress this year - with my game, with my results, with everything.
"I feel like I'm swinging the club as good as I ever have and I feel like my body is as strong as it's ever been.
"I've won my first Major (by eight shots with a record score and at a younger age than any US Open Champion since Bobby Jones in 1933) and my goals are just to win tournaments and try to become a multiple Major Champion."


1 DONALD Luke (ENG) events played 13:  €5,323,400
2 MCILROY Rory (NIR) events played 19: €4,002,168
3 KAYMER Martin (GER) events played 22: €3,489,033
4 SCHWARTZEL Charl (RSA) events played 18: €2,929,829
5 WESTWOOD Lee (ENG) events played 19: €2,439,601
6 QUIROS Alvaro (ESP) events played 23: €2,259,242
7 HANSEN Anders (DEN) events played 22: €2,074,366
8 GARCIA Sergio (ESP) events played 13: €1,962,723
9 BJÖRN Thomas (DEN) events played 23: €1,814,115
10 DYSON Simon (ENG) events played 29: €1,694,779
11 CLARKE Darren (NIR) events played 22: €1,590,415
12 JIMÉNEZ Miguel Angel (ESP) events played 29: €1,570,454
13 HANSON Peter (SWE) events played 24: €1,500,590
14 NOREN Alexander (SWE) events played 28: €1,427,643
15 OOSTHUIZEN Louis (RSA) events played 22: €1,409,126
16 MCDOWELL Graeme (NIR) events played 18: €1,230,461
17 LARRAZÁBAL Pablo (ESP) events played 33: €1,183,040
18 LAWRIE Paul (SCO) events played 24: €1,142,013
19 FERNANDEZ-CASTAÑO Gonzalo (ESP) events played 14: €1,114,060
20 COLSAERTS Nicolas (BEL) events played 23: €1,091,504

28 RICHIE RAMSAY events played 32: Euros 904,002.
59 SCOTT JAMIESON, events played 31: 525,754.
63 PETER WHITEFORD, events played 31: 478,674.
81 GEORGE MURRAY, events played 28: 386,710
102 COLIN MONTGOMERIE, events played 23: 300,287.
104 DAVID DRYSDALE, events played 35: 292,750.
114 MARC WARREN, events played 23: 258,971
131 STEVEN O'HARA, events played 34: 198,148.
133 LLOYD SALTMAN, events played 26: 195,965.
137 GARY ORR, events played: 11: 187,909.
140 ALASTAIR FORSYTH, events played 20: 174,783.
198 ELLIOT SALTMAN, events played 18: 55,776.
204 CRAIG LEE, events played 2: 44,740.
240 CHRIS DOAK, events played 4: 21,485
248 SANDY LYLE, events played 4: 17,853
252 JAMES BYRNE, events played: 4: 16,939.

258 JAMIE McLEARIE, events played 2: 13,073.





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