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Two money list titles or a major? Opinion divided over Donald’s 2011

December 11, 2011

A quick glimpse at the statistics of Luke Donald’s season and you can’t fail to be impressed, though despite a record-breaking 2011 the world number one still has his doubters.

So, those statistics. 25 tournaments entered, two money list titles (he became the first person to win both the PGA Tour and European Tour order of merit honours in the same season), four victories, 19 top 10s (including wins), and three top 20s. Crucially however, no major title.

Does this make Donald’s season less successful? Certainly, but by no means should his phenomenal consistency be mocked, Australian golfer Aaron Baddeley said earlier this year.

Golf, after all, is a difficult sport to be consistent in, and while Donald might lack the big-hitting explosive talent of Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy, his ability to keep turning in good results even when off form has been remarkable this past season.

Like any sportsman at the top of their game, Donald knows winning the big titles matters most and the 34-year-old will want to land one of golf’s four most treasured prizes in 2012.

Around a year ago Donald was answering to critics, such as one American writer who had coined the phrase “Luke Donald disease” in an article about under-achievers in golf.

“The critics will always be there and they make me stronger to be honest,” Donald said. “Every time someone says I can’t do a thing it just makes me work harder.”

The Donald critics seemingly still exist, which judging by his past 12 months can be no bad thing for the likeable Englishman and father-of-two as he seeks to land his first major.

With standards improving with every tournament and Woods potentially back to form, 2012 will be a great year for golf.

Picture: Luke Donald of England poses with the Race to Dubai trophy after the final round of the Dubai World Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai December 11, 2011. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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