By the numbers: Luke Donald's 2011 season
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Luke Donald’s transcontinental quest came to an end Sunday when he finished third at the European Tour’s Dubai World Championship. That showing clinched the Race to Dubai for Donald and made him the first member of both the European and PGA tours to win the money title on each circuit. Here’s a numerical breakdown of his impressive season, which was played over 25 events, 98 rounds and 5,943 strokes (in stroke-play events).
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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
$96,712: Earnings per round
10: Top-3 finishes (40 percent)
13: Top-5 finishes (52 percent)
19: Top-10 finishes (76 percent)
-180: Relation to par in 86 stroke-play rounds (an average of 2.09 under par per round)
63: Rounds under par (73.2 percent)
47: Rounds in the 60s (54.6 percent)
63: Low score (third round, Scottish Open; third round, Alfred Dunhill Links Championship). Also shot three 64s.
79: High score (second round, Northern Trust Open). Only score above 75 in 2011.
3: Finishes worse than 20th
2: Missed cuts (Northern Trust Open, Open Championship)
530.65: World-ranking points earned this year (Rory McIlroy is second with 360.27. No other player has earned more than 300 in 2011)
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*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.