Luke Donald December 23 2011

Luke Donald has collected another award after his historic season earned him the Golf Writers Trophy for 2011. Luke was very happy to receive the vote from the writers, stating that there were others in the game who were in his opinion just as deserving. Luke Donald (Getty ImagesLuke Donald  (Getty Images) “Any award you win gives you a great amount of pleasure and for the Golf Writers to consider me as their player of the year means a lot, it really does,” Donald said. “These are the people who really understand golf and appreciate all that I have achieved this year. “All the people in the running for the AGW award – Rory, Darren, the Solheim Cup team and the Walker Cup team – would have been worthy winners and therefore it is very gratifying to get the vote ahead of all of them. That means an awful lot to me.” “It is a great feeling being given any award but to now be able to add the Golf Writers Award to that of the PGA Tour Player of the Year and the European Tour Race to Dubai Golfer of the Year, is something really special and something I will cherish. I look forward to actually receiving the award from the AGW in person and displaying it proudly on my mantelpiece at home.” Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy tied for second place, while the European Solheim Cup team, captained by Alison Nicholas, took fourth place in the annual poll of members of the Association of Golf Writers. Rory McIlroy who pushed Luke all the way in the Race to Dubai as it went down to the final tournament, said: “It has been an amazing year for me but as I said in Dubai, Luke deserves to be the Number One in our game this year. It is very satisfying to be mentioned alongside Luke, Darren and the Solheim team by the Golf Writers.” For the ladies, Alison Nicholas, whose team produced an amazing comeback to pip the Americans at Killeen Castle for the Solheim Cup, said: “I would like to congratulate the guys for their outstanding performances during 2011 and am delighted the European Solheim Cup team was judged alongside them. It proves the strength of men’s and women’s professional golf in Europe at present and highlights the young and fearless talent that is coming through. Our own next challenge will be to win the Solheim Cup for the first time in the USA in 2013.”