Luke Donald has stellar performance in Dubai and claims Money Title

So finally the European Tour for the 2011 season has come to an end and what a finish it had here in Dubai.


There was plenty of joy for some players and disappointment for others, but hey that is how it is week in week out on any golf tour.

You will always have players whom are satisfied with the week and who would not be happy if one took the first place check of 922,646 Euros.

For the player who won this week young Spaniard Alvaro Quiros it was a great defying moment with him last week collapsing and shooting a final round of seventy-three after having the lead going into the final round.

It was one of the most important times for Alvaro because here he was again another Sunday starting with the lead, but the doubts had to be in the back of his mind about if he would have the wheels come off again and throw away another title.

However this Sunday the outcome was a lot better and he proved to himself and to the skeptics that had started to doubt him and his talent, it was the finish of a great champion with an Eagle three on the last hole which sealed him a two shot victory in Dubai over Paul Lawrie.

Alvaro started the week sitting on the world ranking of fifty-two, but after this great showing against such a talented field he will for sure be flying a few spots up that ranking.

Though this last tournament was a great win for Quiros the year overall was a disappointment and his win was overshadowed by the battle between Rory McIlory and Luke Donald for the race to Dubai.

The race was looking like it was all over until last week when Rory won in Hong Kong and that gave him a small chance at winning the Race to Dubai given that first of all he had to win the event and hope for Donald to finish no better than sixth.

I personally was not sure if he had the energy left especially coming from Hong Kong, but after his first round sixty-six and with Donald shooting a seventy-two suddenly things were looking pretty good for Rory.

First round fireworks was about all Rory had because he then finished off with three straight rounds of seventy-one that left him at nine under par and it was Luke Donald that made the moves he finished with back to back sixty-sixes to finish sixteen under par and in third alone.

This to me sealed one of the most amazing seasons I have ever seen from a golfer, not only did he win the moneylist on the PGATOUR he also did so on the EuropeanTour and he finished ranked number one in the world.

The only thing that Donald did not manage to do in this amazing season was to win a major, but I am sure his time will come and soon, watch out for Donald come the 2012 season on both sides of the pond.