Luke Donald 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play Champion
Official Golf World Ranked (OWGR) No. 1, Luke Donald is trying to make history and accomplish an unprecedented golfing feat. He is currently the No. 1 ranked player on both the PGA and European Tours.
It is difficult to compete on both tours due to the constant travel demands. The four majors plus the four World Golf Championship (WGC) events are the only tournaments that earn ranking points on both tours.
With no major victories to his credit his No. 1 world ranking has been earned by being the most consistent golfer in the world over the past two years. He has had four wins and 14 top-10s in 23 starts on the European Tour and one win, with an amazing 25 top-10s in 38 starts on the PGA Tour in 2010 and 2011.
There are 12 events remaining on the European Tour schedule including the lucrative WGC-HSBC Champions held in China and the season-ending $7.5 million Dubai World Championship.
With three wins and eight top-10s in just 10 starts on the 2011 Euro Tour, Donald will need to continue his strong play because world-class players like U. S. Open winner, Rory McIlroy, 2011 Masters champ Charl Schwartzel, former OWGR No. 1 Lee Westwood and 2010 Race to Dubai winner Martin Kaymer are holding down the next four spots in the Race to Dubai rankings.
The FedEx Cup Playoffs basically heralds the end of the 2011 season on the PGA Tour, except for the four Fall Series events, however, the WGC event in China will also count toward official money in the U.S.
Webb Simpson is only about $70,000 behind Donald on the PGA Tour money list and will probably play in one or two PGA Fall Series events. Nick Watney, K.J. Choi and Dustin Johnson are all within striking distance and could overtake him if Donald falters in China.
Donald will need to continue cashing big checks in his remaining events to pull off his triple play and finish the year as No. 1 in Europe, the U.S. and the world.