Friday, December 30, 2011

Luke Donald is player of the year

World number one Luke Donald has been awarded the Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America following a remarkable season by the Englishman.
Donald became the first man in history to top the end of the season money lists on both the European Tour and US PGA Tour, as well as finishing the year ranked as the number one player in the world.

There were four titles for the 34-year old in 2011. He kicked things of by winning the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February in America. Two wins then followed in Europe with the BMW PGA Championship and the Barclays Scottish Open. Then finally he crucially won the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Florida to ensure he accumulated enough prize money to top the list across the Atlantic. People looking at the open betting odds online will be wondering what sort of season he is in for next time.

The golfer from Hertfordshire finished in the top 10 on 14 occasions from 19 tournaments this year, his best major appearance came at the Masters where he finished in a tie for fourth place at Augusta.

Donald won the award with 88% of the votes and finished ahead of US Open winner and world number two Rory McIlroy, American Webb Simpson and US PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley.

Yani Tseng from Taiwan won the women’s equivalent of the award in a year that has seen her win two majors and 14 tournaments across the globe.

The final award was the Senior Player of the Year and that was handed to American Tom Lehman. He won the Regions Tradition this season as well as two other wins on the Champions Tour.

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