December 11, 2011
There are certain records in golf that will most likely never be broken: Byron Nelson's streak of 11 wins in a row; Bobby Jones capturing all four major championships in the same season; Tiger Woods' 15-stroke victory at the 2000 U.S. Open.
While Luke Donald's incredible PGA Tour, European Tour money title double won't go down as one of the greatest moments in the sport's history, you still have to be impressed with what the Englishman accomplished at the Dubai World Championship on Sunday.
Carrying an almost insurmountable lead into the European Tour's final event, Donald coasted to the money title, firing a 6-under 66 in the final round to finish in third place.
Years from now when we look back at Donald's 2011 season, most will point to his four worldwide victories as the reason he was able to capture the PGA Tour and European Tour money titles. But if you look closer, it was actually Donald's consistency that played the biggest role in the record.
To put his season into perspective, Donald missed the cut in only two events all year, and finished outside the top-10 in four of his 21 stroke-play events. He also went 449 holes this season without a three-putt ... an absolutely insane stat for the No. 1-ranked player in the world.
The only question now is if Donald's record will ever be duplicated. Based on the number of high-profile names carrying dual membership on both tours -- Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy come to mind -- there's a chance we could see it happen again.
But considering Donald had to press to make this happen -- he played the season-ending PGA Tour event at Disney to top Webb Simpson -- you have to wonder if anyone would be that determined to accomplish the feat again. Unless someone could duplicate Donald's 2011 consistency, there's a good chance this record could stand for a long, long time.
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