Luke Donald leading the Race to Dubai Rankings

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Luke Donald leading the Race to Dubai Rankings

Luke Donald, the English golfer is leading the Race to Dubai rankings with a total of €1,221,411. Donald, after winning the Accenture Match Play was also pronounced the European Tour golfer of the month in February. That is quite some achievement shown by him in 2011. Being at a career high third place in the official world golf rankings, he is surely making 2011 work for him.

At one point and time it was Martin Kaymer leading the Race to Dubai Rankings. 2010 was a golden year for the player as he won the PGA Championship and various other tournaments to lead the money earnings. But Luke Donald defeated him in the final of the Accenture Match Play to move up in the Race to Dubai list.

Donald did not hesitate crushing any of his opponents in the world golf championship matches. The 33 year old went on to beat American Charley Hoffman, Italian Edoardo Molinari and Matteo Manassero, Ryan Moore, Matt Kuchar and finally Kaymer to win the Championship. This victory of Donald’s was his first in a world golf championship event.

“I’m very pleased and proud to have won this award, especially considering the incredible talent competing for the honour,” said Donald. “I was delighted with my recent win at the WGC-Accenture World Match play and I look forward to building on that early-season victory for a strong season.”

Match play has always been a strong point of Donald as was evident from his Ryder Cup profile. The player won three out of four points in the Ryder Cup played in Wales last October. In the sum total of eleven matches that Donald has played, he has won eight, halved one and lost two matches.

Leading the rankings, being player of the month and also being in number three position, Donald is aiming high for this year. It is a good thing that all the monthly winners are considered for the Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year. Last year, this honour was won by Kaymer and Graeme McDowell. Being even ahead of the fourteen time major championship winner Tiger Woods in rankings, Donald is feeling confident as he heads towards Augusta for the Masters. The Masters, which is the first major tournament of the year, will start on 7 April, 2011.


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