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Donald adds European Tour award to his honors


Luke Donald plays a shot in the second round of the Australian Masters in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday.

Photo: Reuters

England’s Luke Donald was named the European Tour’s Golfer of the Year on Thursday, having earlier this week received the corresponding award in the US from the USPGA.

Both awards follow Donald’s achievement in becoming the first player to top the money lists in the US and Europe in the same season.

“To have the accolade of European Tour Golfer of the Year means an awful lot to me and I will certainly look back on this year with a lot of fond memories,” Donald, currently competing in the Australian Masters in Melbourne, said in a statement. “It is always nice to be appreciated, especially from the people in the sport who know the game inside out. They have recognised what I have done this year and it is very gratifying to have that validation.”

“Everyone dreams of having a year like this and I am very excited and feel fortunate that it happened to me,” the statement said.

Donald’s two awards came despite the Northern Irish duo of Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke winning the US Open and The Open respectively, while South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel took the US Masters title.

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