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PGA Tour votes Donald Player of The Year

 Luke Donald capped off a sensational season Tuesday by winning PGA Tour player of the year, the most significant of the postseason awards because it's a vote of the players.

He became the first British player to win the award since it began in 1990.

“It's a great honor to cap off what has been an amazing year for me,'' Donald said from the Australian Masters in Melbourne.

“Thank you to all the players for their votes. There was obviously some other worthy people to vote for, and I guess my overall consistency and having to go to Disney and win, and win the money list like I did, was a deciding factor.

“I feel very honored at the moment."

“I've done a lot of things this year that probably not a lot of people would have given me much chance of doing,'' Donald said.

"I think in the last 10 or 20 years, the power game has really taken control of golf. But I think I've been a little bit of a breath of fresh air knowing that's not the only way you can be successful. Through a good short game, good putting, managing your game, you can be successful in other ways.

“I think I've proven that quite considerably this year.''

The 34-year-old acknowledged that this award meant that Donald has even more onus on him to finally win a major, the one prize missing from his bundle of awards in 2011.

“I suppose there's a little bit more pressure, a little bit more expectation, in majors and I need to learn to better handle that,'' Donald said.

“Obviously, this year has been a breakout year for me in terms of my confidence levels, and hopefully those confidence levels will be carried over to next year and will serve me well in the majors.''

The man who was considered Donald’s biggest rival for the award is in no doubt that it is much merited. US Open champion Rory McIlroy praised Donald and also dismissed the absence of a major on the World No1’s mantelpiece.

“Luke’s had an incredible year and I hope he now gets the recognition he deserves,” said McIlroy. “From within the golfing family he’ll receive a lot of applause for what he’s done this year.

“But, unfortunately, maybe people outside the golfing world think that even though he’s won four times this year, there will always be that question of ‘Is he the real No.1 because he’s not got a Major?’

“He deserves it all. He played great all year and he deserves to be No.1 in the world and deserved to win both money lists.”

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