Back 9: OWGR #! Luke Donald Trying to Make History on PGA and European TourWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
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 four wins and 14 top tens in 23 starts on the European Tour and one win, with an amazing 25 top tens 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 tens in just 10 starts on the 2011 Euro Tour, Luke 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 Luke falters in China.
CBS Golf announcer and Golf Channel show host, David Feherity called Donald the “Human ATM”. Feherity swiped his ATM card down Luke’s backside and got $60 cash back.
Luke 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.