Mizuno PGA Tour Staffer Luke Donald was announced as the 2011 PGA Tour Player of the Year by PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem following a vote by PGA Tour players. Donald earned the honor by capturing the PGA Tour money list title on the strength of two PGA Tour victories and a Tour-leading 14 top-10 finishes. This prestigious honor caps off a spectacular season for the number-one player in the world.
Donald’s wins at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic helped solidify his PGA Tour Player of the Year title. His come-from-behind victory at Disney concluded his finest year on the PGA Tour by earning $6.68 million and his first ever PGA Tour money title. Donald was also the PGA Tour’s leader in adjusted scoring average at 68.86, earning him both the Vardon Trophy and Byron Nelson Award. Donald led the PGA Tour with 14 top-10 finishes in 19 events.
For the 28th consecutive week Donald sits atop the World Golf Rankings, which apart from Tiger Woods run at number one from 2005 to 2010, is the longest stretch since Greg Norman’s 96 weeks from 1995 to 1997. Utilizing his high performance Grain Flow Forged MP irons, MP T-11 wedges, and Mizuno CLK Fli-Hi, Donald made history this week as the first player to win both the PGA Tour and European Tour money lists in the same year, as he finished third at the Dubai World Championships.
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Global Golf Star Returns to Top 20 in the World Golf Rankings,
Seizes Control of European Ryder Cup Race
Last week, TaylorMade-adidas Golf Tour Staff Professional Sergio Garcia ended a three-year title drought with a convincing 11-stroke victory at the Castello Masters. This week, Garcia didn’t waste any time returning to the winner’s circle, posting a 70-70-67-71-278 total to cinch up his second consecutive win at the Andalucia Masters in Sotogrande, Spain.
Once again, Garcia played the R11 driver, Ghost putter and relied on the precision of his Tour Preferred MB irons.
The 31-year-old Spaniard also drew from the performance of his customary adidas Golf apparel and the all new TOUR360 ATV footwear en route to his 15th International victory. With the win at Club de Golf Valderrama, Garcia moved back into the Top 20 of Official World Golf Rankings and assumed the lead in the European Ryder Cup Race.
Mizuno PGA Tour Staffer and World #1 Golfer Luke Donald finished off his remarkable 2011 PGA Tour season in grand fashion, winning the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Trailing by five shots entering Sunday, Donald fired an 8-under 64 in the final round, starting off the back nine with six consecutive birdies. He went on to finish 17-under for the tournament, winning by two shots.
“After the eighth hole, it wasn’t looking good,” said Donald. “My caddie and I talked Saturday night that I hadn’t really gotten on a run yet this week. What better time to get on a run than the back nine on Sunday. It’s nice to do it under pressure when I need to.”
Garcia Cruises to an 11-Stroke Victory Wearing TOUR360 ATV Footwear and ClimaCool® Apparel.
Adidas Golf Tour Staff Professional Sergio Garcia returned to his native Spain to win the Castello Masters in dominating fashion. Playing in new TOUR360 ATV footwear and ClimaCool apparel, Garcia fired rounds of 67-63-64-63 to finish 11-strokes better than the competition – the third largest margin of victory in European Tour history.
“It’s hard to say that you expect to fire like I did, but I was feeling good and I’ve been improving all year,” Garcia said.*
Garcia shot his best ever back-to-back rounds of 63 and 64 en route to clinching his 21st professional victory and 14th International title. With the win at Club de Campo del Mediterráneo, Garcia moves back into the top-35 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
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