World No 1 Luke Donald has, unsurprisingly, been announced as the PGA Tour Player of the Year for 2011.
The award is given to the player who receives the most votes from his fellow playing members of the PGA Tour.
Donald became the first Englishman to receive the award since it started in 1990. He won twice on the PGA Tour in 2011, including the very last tournament of the year, the Children’s Miracle Network Classic, to claim the PGA Tour moneylist title ahead of Webb Simpson.
It has been an incredibly successful year for Donald who also claimed the Vardon Award for low adjusted scoring average at 68.86, and became the first man to win the Order of Merit on both of the World’s major tours when he won the European Tour’s Race to Dubai over the weekend.
“That’s a great honour to cap off what has obviously been an amazing year for me,” Donald said.
“Thank you to all the players for their votes. There was obviously some other worthy people to vote for, and I guess my overall consistency and having to go to Disney and win, and win the money list like I did, was a deciding factor.
“I feel very honoured at the moment.”
Donald is still yet to win a Major, however, and has received his fair share of criticism for that shortfall, especially since only four times in the past two decades has a PGA Player of the Year not won a Major title in that same year.
“I suppose there’s a little bit more pressure, a little bit more expectation, in majors and I need to learn to better handle that,” Donald said.
“Obviously, this year has been a breakout year for me in terms of my confidence levels, and hopefully those confidence levels will be carried over to next year and will serve me well in the majors.’
PGA Tour Rookie of the Year
Keegan Bradley was named the PGA Rookie of the Year, mostly because of winning the final Major of the year, the PGA Championship, in his debut season.
“I’m thrilled to win the Rookie of the Year,’ Bradley said. ‘It’s a huge honour.”