|Luke Donald chips to the 16th green during the fourth round of the Madrid Masters in Alcala de Henares near Madrid, Oct. 9, 2011. (JUAN MEDINA/Reuters)
Front-runner Luke Donald could become the first golfer from England to win the PGA Tour Player of the Year award.
Donald, 33, was one of five nominees announced Wednesday for the annual award.
The others were Keegan Bradley, Bill Haas, Webb Simpson and Nick Watney.
Donald, who already has won the tour money title, is the favourite to win the award, which is determined by a member vote. Tour players who competed in at least 15 official events in 2011 are eligible to cast a ballot and the winner will be announced the week of Dec. 12.
Donald won two events this year, among 14 top-10 finishes.
Tiger Woods has won the award 10 times since its inception in 1990.
Bradley also was nominated as the tour's rookie of the year, along with Chris Kirk, Charl Schwartzel, Scott Stallings, Brendan Steele and Jhonattan Vegas.
DONALD'S FATHER DIES
Colin Donald, father of No. 1 ranked golfer Luke Donald, died suddenly Monday night.
Luke Donald has been home in Chicago with his wife, awaiting the birth of their second child.
"Thank you everyone for your sympathies after the passing of my dad," Luke Donald wrote on his Twitter account. "It's a difficult time and your support means a lot to me. With death there is pain and loss, but out of that comes light and appreciation.
"Appreciate what you have. I miss you dad x."