Donald named top European golfer

Luke Donald of Britain plays a shot from the fairway on the 13th hole during the first round of the...

Luke Donald of Britain plays a shot from the fairway on the 13th hole during the first round of the Australian Masters in Melbourne on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (REUTERS/Brandon Malone)

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LONDON - World No. 1 Luke Donald was selected as the European Tour's Golfer of the Year on Thursday, giving him a sweep of the Player of the Year awards.

The Englishman was tabbed as the PGA Tour Player of the Year on Tuesday.

"To have the accolade of European Tour Golfer of the Year means an awful lot to me and I will certainly look back on this year with a lot of fond memories," said Donald. "It is always nice to be appreciated, especially from the people in the sport who know the game inside out. They have recognized what I have done this year and it is very gratifying to have that validation."

With his third place at the Dubai World Championship, Donald clinched the European Tour's Order of Merit. He also topped the PGA Tour's money list making him the first to top both lists in the same season.

Much like his strong finish on the European Tour, Donald needed a top-two finish at the PGA Tour's final event to win that money title. He birdied six holes in a row on the back nine en route to victory at Disney World. That win helped him fend off two-time winner this year, Webb Simpson, to claim the money crown.

"The manner in which I came through to win both money lists was, I think, the thing that pleased me the most about the season," Donald admitted. "Going to Florida and winning that tournament when I had to was very important as it gave me the incentive to go on and succeed in Dubai."

The 34-year-old Englishman kicked off his year with a victory at the WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship. He followed with wins at the Scottish Open and the tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

It was after his win at Wentworth that Donald took over the top spot in the world rankings. He has remained there since.

Voters selected Donald over a group that included three of this year's major champions -- Masters champ Charl Schwartzel, U.S. Open winner Rory McIlroy and British Open victor Darren Clarke.


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