FJ ICON loyalist Luke Donald strode to a historic money list double as he captured The Race to Dubai title at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
The World Number One had already won the US PGA Tour money list, and added European Number One to his CV when his last remaining challenger, Rory McIlroy (FJ Sport) ,failed to win the Dubai World Championship.Donald birdied the last three holes for a second successive 66 and took third place in the tournament, one behind Scot Paul Lawrie (FJ ICON) and three behind the eventual World Dubai Championship winner.
It completes a remarkable year for Donald, who becomes the first player to win the money list on both sides of the Atlantic.
"It's funny to sum up how I feel," said Donald. "This is something I've wanted for the last few months - to try and win both Money Lists. Obviously with my come from behind win at Disney, this really became possible.
Having captured the World Golf Championship –Accenture Match Play title in Arizona in February, he added The European Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, beating Lee Westwood in a play-off and becoming World Number One in the process.The 34 year old Englishman added a third title at the Barclays Scottish Open before winning the Children’s’ Miracle Network Classic at Disneyland to secure the US PGA Tour money list crown.
Only when he was being interviewed afterwards did the tears well up in Donald's eyes as he was asked what his father would have thought and done.
"He would have been very proud and he would just give me a big hug," he said.
The season ending climax was poised perfectly between Donald and McIlroy, but try as the US Open Champion and FJ loylist Rory McIlroy did to try to catch him at the top of The Race to Dubai, Donald was not to be denied on his return.
"I didn't really look at a leaderboard until the 13th, but didn't see Rory's name and so knew it was mine."
All that can make 2012 better, of course, is if that first Major victory follows.
It would shock nobody if it does. That is how far Donald he has come this year.