Crunching numbers: A look at Donald's season


On Sunday, Luke Donald became the first person to win the money titles of both the PGA and European tours. In addition, Donald won four times worldwide and cemented himself in the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Donald may have made it look easy, explaining his success to me in a September interview.

'To be successful on both (tours), you have to play well in the majors and WGCs that count toward both,' he said. 'That's been a big part of my success.' 

Not only did he play well in big money, co-sanctioned events, but Donald excelled around the world in 2011.

Here's a look at Donald's season, by the numbers:

19 - The Englishman finished inside the top 10 in 19 of his 27 worldwide starts this year.

77 - Racking up 10 top-10 finishes on the European Tour, Donald converted on that measure in 77 percent of his starts. That's the second best rate of top-10s since the creation of the World Golf Championships in 1999. Ernie Els finished in the top 10 in 93.33 percent of his 2004 starts.

50 - To get to the European Tour money title, he practically split the money earned in European Tour events and those co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour. 

5 - Of the 10 top-10s in Europe this year, he split them between events exclusive to Europe and those shared on the PGA Tour schedule.

449 - Donald went that many holes without a three-putt until the 16th hole of the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October.

531 - The number of world ranking points Donald has earned this season. That's 170 more than Rory McIlroy, the next highest earner.

31 - The world No. 1 will have held his reign at year's end for 31 weeks - the longest streak for a player other than Tiger Woods since he became No. 1 in 1997.

63 - Donald tied the course record at the Old Course in the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.