In an age when golf often seems more about the high-flying hare than the steady tortoise, Luke Donald proved that guile and consistency can still beat flamboyance over the long haul.
The 34-year-old became the first player from England to win the PGA Tour’s top-player award on Tuesday, claiming the Jack Nicklaus Trophy by a vote of his playing peers.
Donald won twice this season, including a clutch performance at the season finale at Disney World that surely turned heads. He topped the money list, led the tour in scoring average and top-10 finishes, and last weekend added the money title on the European Tour, too.
No member of both tours has ever topped both earnings lists in the same season. Donald won four titles worldwide this season, a career best.
“It’s been a tremendously consistent year for me,” Donald said by phone from Australia, where he is playing this week.
Vote totals were not released.