Donald’s sights set on money titles

It really is now far too late to win his initial major this yr, but Globe No 1 Luke Donald is searching to make background in 2011 by becoming the first guy to top the money lists on each sides of theAtlantic.

Proper now he has a lead of £1.4million through US Open up champion Rory McIlroy on the European Tour’s Race toDubai, but items are a lot tighter on the US Tour.

There his lead more than 2011 American up-begin Webb Simpson is only ,971, this right after he overtook the American by finishing joint 3rd in the Tour Championship on Sunday.

As items stand now, Donald has no strategies to perform Mizuno Men’s JPX-800 Pro Ironsin any of the four remaining US Tour Fall Collection events – until he has to.

His latest choice is to concentrate on this week’s Dunhill Links Championship and the defence up coming week of his Madrid Masters title just before using his winter break.

But the 33-yr-previous US-based mostly Englishman told the media ahead of the Dunhill that if Simpson overtakes him, he could be tempted to compete in the US Tour’s closing event, the prolonged-winded Children’s Wonder Network Hospitals Traditional, at Disneyworldfrom Oct twenty-23.

Simpson himself is not sure of where he will go from here and has not nevertheless to validate if he ideas to perform any more activities this yr, but if he did contest the penultimate event at Sea Island or the closing 1 at Disney, he would need to finish all around twentieth to overtake Donald.


Asked about why he would like to win equally funds titles, Donald said: “Really just since no-1 has actually carried out it.

“You might be always trying to accomplish points that no-a single has ever before completed. It would be quite special.

“It really is not straightforward enjoying the two excursions, you spread by yourself a bit thinly. You have to play well at the correct activities, the big occasions. I’ve picked off a few of good events and it would suggest a whole lot to leading the two money lists.

“Webb may possibly think about playing another celebration since I think profitable the funds listing arrives with a 5-yr tour exemption and he was struggling to retain his card last calendar year.

“I would have to weigh up the pros and cons. I may well be far better served to rest. I am not sure Webb is enjoying an event he may well be tempted and I might be. I could perform Disney, get my daughter toDisneyworld, but we’ll cross that bridge when we comes to it.

Although Donald’s lead inEuropeis substantial, at the very least two of his nearest rivals have certainly not presented up hope of catching him.

McIlroy is embarking on a twelve-week road trip which consists of tournaments inKorea,China,Dubai,Thailandand Bermuda, although Westwood is favourite to win his 2nd Dunhill Links title atSt Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns this week.

“I assume Luke becoming right here tells you he doesn’t assume he is out of sight,” explained Westwood, who topped the funds checklist in 2000 and 2009 and is fourth in the latest standings, £1.6million driving Donald. “He is playing Mizuno Men’s JPX-800 Pro Ironsright here andMadrid following week.

“He obviously thinks that the guys about him are good adequate to win the rest of the events that he’s playing. I experience like I can win here,ChinaandDubaiand that will undoubtedly give me sufficient income to go earlier him.”

The first prize of £515,000 would nevertheless leave Westwood or McIlroy with a mountain to climb, and McIlroy is fairly a lot more circumspect about his odds.

“Luke’s enjoying Mizuno Men’s JPX-800 Professional Ironsreally, very regularly,” said McIlroy, who has completed 3rd in his very last two European Tour events.

“He appears like each time he tees it up he finishes in the leading 5, and if he does that he is heading to be extremely challenging to conquer.

“But that is the objective at the end of the year. I experience like if I can concentrate on just trying to win tournaments, then the Race toDubaiwill get care of itself. But I want to attempt to get nearer to Luke and set a bit of stress on him with a few of events to go.

“I want to get a win prior to the end of the year. I feel as if I am actively playing Mizuno Men’s JPX-800 Professional Ironsnicely plenty of. If I can keep getting myself in contention and giving myself possibilities, I will ideally place my foot through the door and get an additional win.”