“That was an unbelievable way to play in a major event and finish it off
like he did,” he added, referring to the 22 year-old Northern
Irishman’s runaway eight-shot victory in Maryland in June.
“He’s young and has a great future ahead of him.”
Birthday boy Donald, who turned 34 on Wednesday, has been at the top of the
world rankings for 27 consecutive weeks and he said he was proud of his
performances in 2011.
“I’ve had a tremendous year, winning four times, and being very
consistent in all of the other tournaments,” he added.
“There’s no way you can have a chance of winning both money-lists unless
you are playing at a high level throughout the year. It has obviously been
very satisfying and something I am very proud of.”
Donald, however, has also experienced some ups and downs off the course.
“I had five weeks off recently after my dad passed away,” he said. “It
happened a few days before my second daughter was born so it was a wide
range of emotions.
“I lost a good friend in my dad and someone that introduced me to the
game. Losing him was very sad and something you can’t ever prepare for.”
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