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Added December 12th, 2011 by Chalk

Donald Wins Race To Dubai, Makes History Sort Of

World Number One Luke Donald took care of his business on Sunday, finishing third at the Dubai World Championship to win the Race to Dubai and become the first golfer ever to officially top the PGA Tour and European Tour money lists in the same year. Rory McIlroy, the only golfer with a chance to catch Donald this week, blamed a “mild case of dengue fever” for his T11 finish.

Rory would have needed to win the tournament and have Donald finish out of the top nine, so it didn’t especially matter. Rory announced he was backing out of a tournament next week in Thailand and would be resting in Dubai for a few days. He won’t play again until next month’s Abu Dhabi event, where Tiger Woods will also begin his 2012 season.

Tiger Woods unofficially topped the PGA Tour and European Tour money lists many years, but was never an official member of the Euro Tour. Donald doesn’t seem to care about that. “You know, this is something I’ve wanted for the past few months, to try and win both money lists,” said Donald. “It’s very strange because I looked at the leaderboard on 13 and couldn’t see Rory. I couldn’t see Rory’s name on there and the leaders were playing well, and at that point, I kind of knew I had made history and the last six holes were kind of surreal.”

Spain’s Alvaro Quiros won the Dubai tournament, beating 42-year-old Paul Lawrie by two strokes. Quiros had a three-shot lead going into the final round last week in Hong Kong, but slipped into a tie for 7th, opening the door for Rory McIlroy to win.

 
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