Luke Donald is the first golfer to top the U.S. and European tour money lists in the same year, finishing the season with $13.8 million in prize money.
Donald came third at a season-ending Dubai World Championship today to ensure he topped Rory McIlroy on the European list. Alvaro Quiros hit an eagle on the final hole to win the tournament by two strokes from Paul Lawrie.
“I didn’t really look at a leader-board until the 13th, but didn’t see Rory’s name and so knew it was mine,” Donald said, according to the European tour website. McIlroy tied for 11th place, seven shots behind Donald.
Donald, a 34-year-old Englishman who’s the world’s top- ranked player, birdied the last three holes at Jumeirah Golf Estates. He took his earnings from 13 events on the European tour to 5.3 million euros ($7.1 million), having won $6.7 million from 19 tournaments on the U.S. tour, according to the websites of the tours.
Quiros yelled, high-fived with his caddie and shook his fists after holing a putt on the 18th to win with a 19-under-par score. The 28-year-old Spaniard also won the Dubai Desert Classic in February, his other European tour success this year.
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