As if there was really any question, I suggest in my latest Sympatico column that indeed, Luke Donald isn’t just the best player in the world, but the best on the PGA Tour as well! Who knew?
Luke Donald is the PGA Tour’s player of the year. In fact, over the past year he’s been the best golfer in the world – anywhere, on any tour. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be recognized as such when the PGA Tour’s member finally get around the voting for its standout star of the year.
Donald, from England, seemed to have it all locked up last weekend when he carded a remarkable six consecutive birdies to come from behind and win the Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Disney on Sunday, bettering Webb Simpson who had the lead on the money list heading into the final event. The win gave Donald $6.7-million in earnings, ahead of Simpson by a mere $350,000, or one high finish on today’s PGA Tour.
The win was so decisive that the BBC proclaimed in an article that Donald had won not only the money title, and the Vardon trophy for the lowest scoring average, but the player of the year as well. Not so fast apparently.
In a strange move, the PGA Tour announced that its player of the year ballots, which are sent out after its last tournament, wouldn’t go out until after the HSBC Champions tournament in China in a week’s time. The HSBC is a World Golf Championship tournament, making it an official PGA Tour event, though winnings don’t count as official money.
Donald is. He’s not playing in China (his wife is expecting a baby any day now) and felt he already had made a pretty good case for winning the Jack Nicklaus trophy, which is awarded to the top PGA Tour player as voted by his peers.
Donald’s take: “Sketchy at best,” he told Golf Channel.