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Donald happy to concede length

2011-12-13 10:30:08, Views: 5, Clubcall

Donald happy to concede length

Luke Donald feels his success this season proves that it is not imperative to hit the ball a long way from the tee to achieve glory.

The 34-year-old completed an incredible double on Sunday, with a third-place finish in the Dubai World Championship more than enough to secure the European money list title.

The Englishman had already finished top of the pile on the PGA Tour as he edged out Webb Simpson by claiming the final event of the season.

He has enjoyed a phenomenal year, with 20 top-10 finishes in his last 25 events and £8.45million in prize money and sits proudly on top of the world rankings.

The Ryder Cup star is not known for his power from the tee and his driving average of 282 yards leaves him ranked only 145th in that category.

But pin-point accuracy with his irons and a touch on and around the greens that is second to none has seen him achieve greatness in 2011.

Tiger Woods has dominated the game in an era when drives in excess of 300 yards have become commonplace, with the 14-time major winner one of the longest in the game when at his best, but Donald has bucked that particular trend.

While he admits that he would love to be able to drive the ball the prodigious length that Sunday's winner, Alvaro Quiros, manages, the Hemel Hempstead-born star believes that there is more to the sport than just whacking the cover of the ball.

"Obviously 350 yards off the tee helps - it's one of Alvaro's biggest strengths - but there's definitely more to this game," he said.

"I would certainly love to hit it further - I think it would make life a little easier - but I've got to stick with what I have and what my talents are.

"I think people are taking notice of what I've done and how I've done it and maybe people will maybe change the way they approach practise."

Despite his amazing success this season Donald will play in this week's Australian Masters in Melbourne and it would surprise nobody to see him walk away with another trophy.


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