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It would rank as his greatest achievement, he said, and one the Englishman would like to win for his late father Colin, who “taught me everything he knew.”
“When someone leaves you, you are always reminded of them in certain ways,” Donald said. “I’m sure he’ll be there with me. I’m not sure if I’ll specifically try to think about my father, but, yeah, it would be nice to win one for him.”
Donald, who’s already won the U.S. PGA Tour money title, is in a duel with No. 2-ranked Rory McIlroy for the European money title. The Northern Irishman trails Donald by just under $1 million, so to capture the title he must win the Dubai World Championship and hope that Donald finishes outside the top nine.
“I think there is nothing really easy in life. You have to kind of earn those successes, and I fully expect Rory to play well and put some pressure on me,” Donald said. “It’s made me more focused this week and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Winning the elusive double wasn’t a goal for Donald at the beginning of the year, but he said it started creeping into his mind after he won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in a playoff over Lee Westwood in May. Donald rose to No. 1 with the win, becoming only the 15th player to reach the top ranking in 25 years.
Donald has won three other titles this season, including Disney’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic where he took the U.S. money title from Webb Simpson. That put him on course for unprecedented success on both money lists.
“As time went on and I played and won the right tournaments, then certainly it became a goal,” he said. “You know, it’s something I’ve heard other players talk about in the past few years. I remember Ernie (Els) talking about it once and how hard it would be to do but how satisfying it would be to be able to do that.”
For Donald, winning both titles would be a chance “to make history.”
“No one’s officially done it before. I think that’s pretty amazing,” he said. “It’s not easy to travel as much as you do playing both tours and to be able to adjust to the time changes and all that. … If it all works out Sunday, that will be my biggest accomplishment.”
McIlroy said he thought his chance of winning was slim because he was up against one of the tour’s most consistent golfers. Donald has finished outside the top 10 only three times this year on the European Tour.
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