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Donald lands European & PGA Tour awards

English golfer Luke Donald has been named the European Tour Golfer of the Year, just two days after scooping the PGA Tour's player of the year award.

The world number one finished the 2011 season at the top of the money lists in both the United States and Europe.

Donald, who sealed the double with third place at the Dubai World Championship, is the first British golfer to win the US players' poll since it started in 1990.

"Everyone dreams of having a year like this," said the 34-year-old Donald.

"It is always nice to be appreciated, especially from the people in the sport who know the game inside out."

His European award from a panel of writers and broadcasters came despite Oakley golfs Rory McIlroy becoming the youngest US Open champion since 1923, Darren Clarke the oldest Open champion since 1967 and Nike golf’s Charl Schwartzel winning the Masters.

"Rory's win at Congressional was amazing, as was Darren's success in the Open, while Charl birdieing the final four holes to win the Masters was a truly magical moment in golf," said Donald.

"Therefore, to be given the vote ahead of these great players who also had great years is very special indeed."

Donald was victorious four times in 2011, twice in the United States and twice in Europe - the Scottish Open and flagship BMW PGA Championship. His consistency was impressive with 14 top-10 finishes in 19 PGA Tour events.

His largest win in the United States came in the World Golf Championship Match Play event in which he beat one of his predecessors in the world number one slot, Martin Kaymer, 3&2 in the final.

The only other time a European has won the award since 1990 is when Ireland's Padraig Harrington took the honour in 2008.

US PGA champion Keegan Bradley received the PGA Tour rookie of the year award after being shortlisted for the main prize along with fellow Americans Bill Haas, Webb Simpson and Nick Watney.

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