Tour must avoid another Dubai anti-climax, says Donald

Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:34am EST
 
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By Tony Jimenez

DUBAI (Reuters) - Luke Donald has urged the European Tour to consider recalibrating the money-list to avoid the sense of anti-climax that will be apparent at this week's season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

Nine days ago, world number one Rory McIlroy guaranteed he would end the year in top spot on the European money-list and in doing so, the 23-year-old Northern Irishman took much of the gloss off the showcase event in Dubai.

Donald, up to second in the world rankings after his wire-to-wire victory in last week's Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Japan, believes officials need to find a way to ensure there is a blockbuster finish to the season.

"This week is a little bit more of an anti-climax than the European Tour would probably want," he told reporters on Tuesday.

"The tour may want to think about adding a scenario where that doesn't happen and incorporate either a playoff system or some other way to make sure that it goes down to the wire. I think that would make it more exciting."

Donald no doubt had in mind the way the U.S. PGA Tour recalibrate their money-list ahead of the FedExCup to ensure that everything is up for grabs in their season-ending playoff series.

Twelve months ago, Donald finished third in Dubai to become the first player to win the order of merits on both sides of the Atlantic.

"I remember last year I felt like I had a target on my back, that was quite a lot of pressure on my shoulders and I think it reflected within the tournament," the 34-year-old said.   Continued...

 
Team Europe golfer Luke Donald of England reacts to his sand shot that won his match against U.S. golfer Bubba Watson on the 17th green during the 39th Ryder Cup singles golf matches at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois September 30, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake