Luke Donald crowns year with PGA Tour player of the year award

Luke DonaldEngland’s Luke Donald has been named the PGA Tour’s player of the year after finishing the season at the top of the money lists in both America and Europe.

Donald, 34, who sealed the double with third at the Dubai World Championship, is the first Briton to win the players’ poll since it started in 1990.”That’s a great honour to cap off what has obviously been an amazing year for me,” said Donald.The world number one had 14 top-10 finishes in 19 PGA Tour event starts.His biggest win in America came in the World Golf Championship Match Play event in which he beat one of his predecessors in the world number one slot, Martin Kaymer, 3&2 in the final.

Donald will complete his season at the Australian Masters, which starts on Thursday, but in a total of 26 tournaments so far this season he has missed only two cuts and registered a remarkable 20 top-10 finishes.The only other time a European has won the award since 1990 is when Ireland’s Padraig Harrington took the honour in 2008.US PGA champion Keegan Bradley scooped the season’s rookie of the year award after being shortlisted for the main prize along with fellow Americans Bill Haas, Webb Simpson and Nick Watney. – BBC