Back 9: Why Can’t Luke Donald Get More Love?Written by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
Luke Donald is the No. 1 Ranked golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings, is No. 1 on the 2011 PGA Money List and is currently No. 1 on Road to Dubai, the European Tour’s official money list. That feat has never been accomplished by any other golfer, not even Tiger Woods.
He won two tournaments on the PGA Tour in 2011, had an astonishing two more second place and two more third place finishes plus 14 top tens in 19 starts. He ended up third in the FedEx Cup standings but only because Bill Haas made a miraculous up and down from the pond at the Tour Championship to take the FedEx Cup and the $10 million right out of his pocket.
After leading the PGA Money List all year, Webb Simpson finished in second place in the McGladery Classic the next to last event in the Fall Series and slipped ahead of Donald by $360,000. Luke quickly announced that he would play in the season ending Children’s Miracle Hospital Network (CMHN) tournament at Disney to regain the money list lead.
The rest is history Donald won the CMHN and overtook Simpson. He got it done when he had to have it. He needed a win to meet his goal of leading the 2011 PGA Money List. Pretty good stuff!
Luke won two more titles in Europe plus nine top tens in 12 starts on that tour in 2011 and leads the Race to Dubai (R2D) by $1.3 million over Rory McIlroy. Luke is not playing this week in the WGC-HSBC event in China due to the birth of he and his wife’s second child, but with eight European tournaments remaining including big purse events, the Barclay’s Singapore and the Dubai World Championship he will have plenty of opportunity to win the R2D also.
Doesn’t every golfer strive for consistency on the course? Here is a golfer who exhibits the exact attribute that we all strive to achieve at the highest level on the most difficult golf courses in the world against the best competition the golf world has to offer. Isn’t that worth something? Why isn’t he the most publicized, on every golf magazine cover, most quoted, most analyzed golfer right now?
There is only one other golfer in the world that can compete with Luke Donald for publicity and accolades, Yani Tseng, and she does not get enough love either. But that is another story altogether.
Luke Donald will win one or more majors. He is too good not to. Evidently he will need them to validate his magnificently consistent play. For me, however, he is the best and has done it the “old-fashioned way.” He earned it.