BREAKING: Donald and Bradley Clinch End-of-Year Honours
By Conor Nagle under PGA Tour

Donald en route to victory during this year's WGC-Accenture World Matchplay.

There were rumblings on Twitter that the PGA Tour cohort was having second thoughts about going through with the routine businesss of confirming Luke Donald as 2011’s Player of the Year this afternoon.

Fortunately, a miscarriage of justice to rival that of the 2000 election (too soon?) did not take place.

The Englishman, who topped money lists on both sides of the Atlantic this year, was named the recipient of the PGA Tour’s most prestigious prize alongside USPGA champion Keegan Bradley, who took home Rookie of the Year honours.

Tim Finchem honoured both players by deigning to speak highly of them.

“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, my congratulations to Luke and Keegan for their award-winning accomplishments in 2011… Both players had significant and impressive performances throughout the course of the year, and the member vote reflects the respect their peers have for them.”

In case you were in need of a reminder as to just how consistently brilliant Donald was throughout the 2011 season, Golfweek has published a statistical breakdown of his season.

Highlights include:

25: Events

4: Wins (WGC-Accenture Match Play, BMW PGA Championship, Barclays Scottish Open, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic)

$9,477,817.51: On-course earnings*

$379,112: Earnings per tournament

19: Top-10 finishes (76 percent)

-180: Relation to par in 86 stroke-play rounds (an average of 2.09 under par per round)

(*does not include bonus money from FedEx Cup or Race to Dubai; based on exchange rate of $1 equals .7583 euros; earnings from PGA Tour and European Tour events only.)”

Surely his wait for a major championship must be nearing its end?

Conor Nagle