Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Luke Donald goes quackers after Disney win

Posted by Admin On 11:06 AM

Luke Donald hopes he has answered all the questions about his aptitude under pressure - even if he has still to win a first major. First this year he lifted the World Match Play title in Arizona, never sprawling in any of his six games.
Then he took the world number one spot off Lee Westwood with a play-off conquest over him at Wentworth. He then cruised to a four-shot victory at the Scottish Open with a closing 63, the lowest round of his European Tour career.
Now he has become the first European to top the PGA Tour money list in America by playing the final nine holes of the final event at the Disney World resort in Florida in a dazzling six-under-par 30.
It's hard to put into words,Donald said after receiving the contest trophy from Donald Duck - no relative - and Mickey Mouse.The goal was to win. Nothing was really going to be good enough other than that (he trailed Webb Simpson by nearly £230,000).
I think this is probably one of the most pleasing wins of my career just because of that. It was kind of do-or-die.Disney is a special place. I presume if I ever have to bring the children back here at least it'll have some good reminiscences for me - even if I have to wait in all those lines!But the best year of Donald's life is not over yet.
After taking time out to wait for the birth of his second daughter due next week - wife Diane reckon the baby might have to be called Minnie given the venue for Donald's astonishing win - he has events in South Africa, Dubai and Australia.
The middle of those on December 8-11 could see him crowned the European Tour's new number one as well, but with a lead of more than £1million over Rory McIlroy there might be no need for the heroics he produced this weekend.
Nobody has ever topped the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic in the same season, so more history await, although Tiger Woods might care to point out he in fact did it six times, but never played sufficient European events to be included on the table.
Many considerations Donald had left himself too much to do when he started the final round of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in 14th place five shots of the lead. He still had it all to do at the start of the back nine, particularly as Simpson - his playing associate all four days - had moved into a share of the lead himself.
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