Some may feel Luke Donald will only deserve the world No 1 ranking when he has won a Major, but his fellow professionals have lavished praise on the Englishman for his double moneylist win.
US Open champion Rory McIlroy: “He’s had an incredible year and I hope he now gets the recognition he deserves. I’ve said it throughout this year that I don’t think Luke has been given enough credit for how well he's played. He's been incredible and he's been up there every week.
“People outside of golf just look at wins and they think that wins are the be all and end all. But the amount of top 5s and Top 10s that he’s posted are just as impressive as some of the wins, because to do it week in and week out, you need incredible mental strength to keep going and you have to be unbelievably consistent and not have many bad rounds. That’s something that he’s obviously very good at.
“I think from within the golfing family he’ll receive a lot of applause for what he’s done this year, but unfortunately maybe people outside the golfing world think that even though he’s won four times, there will always be that question of ‘is he the real No. 1 because he's not got a Major?’
“He deserves it all. He played great all year and he deserves to be No. 1 in the world and deserved to win both moneylists.”
Dubai World Championship winner Alvaro Quiros: “He’s unbelievable. You can never leave this guy behind. He’s always coming back, always coming back and trying to spoil the party for the rest of us! I heard a statistic about his third round stroke average this year is 67.5. That’s unbelievable. Obviously he plays very well under pressure.
Master champion Charl Schwartzel: “What he has done this year is amazing. I’m a guy that strives for consistency, and he’s taken consistency to another level. He deserves it. He’s played unbelievable golf, and you know, if you play golf like that you're going to get the rewards. We all have to congratulate him.”
Former world No 1 Martin Kaymer: “It has been a great year for Luke. He has won four times around the world and just played better than anyone in the world for a long period of time. I know how much it meant for me to get to world No 1.
“I would love to win the moneylist on both tours because it means that you have won many times all over the world and you have been the most consistent player in the world.”
Spanish livewire Sergio Garcia: “Winning on both continents is simply amazing. No one has ever done it and you can’t say any more than that. He has just been so consistent – the week’s that he hasn’t won he has been in the top three, top five, top eight all of the time. To achieve that level of consistency is very, very impressive.”
Senior PGA Tour Order of Merit winner Tom Lehman: “I’m not even sure there is a word to describe Luke’s feat. He’s been so good, week after week after week. To win both moneylists in the same year is hall of fame stuff right there. It is an incredible accomplishment and he ought to be so proud of himself.”