Luke thrilled to be No.1

Englishman proud to take over at the top of the world rankings

Last Updated: 29/05/11 9:15pm

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Donald: the new world number one celebrates his new status

Donald: the new world number one celebrates his new status

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Luke Donald reflected on his new status as world number one and said: "Sounds pretty good, doesn't it!"

Donald snatched top spot from Lee Westwood after beating his fellow Englishman in a play-off at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth - the European Tour's flagship event.

"It's something that will be a great story when I'm an old man telling my grandkids that I was once the best player in the world at golf. It's a little surreal."
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"I'm not sure if there will ever be a case where number one and number in the world are playing off for the tournament, but also a chance for the number one ranking in the world," said Donald.

"But a unique history I think has been made, and I'm glad to be a part of it.

"As I said before, it's something that will be a great story when I'm an old man telling my grandkids that I was once the best player in the world at golf. It's a little surreal. It's hard to believe in a certain way. You keep thinking that you have the ability and the talent, but you never quite really know.

"Whether it will change me, I don't think so. The goal for me is to always continue to focus on the processes of getting better, and just because I have reached the pinnacle of the world rankings doesn't mean my work is done.

"I have a lot more to accomplish, hopefully many more victories in me, and hopefully I can at least be somewhat of a worthy number one for a few weeks."

Donald's victory at Wentworth was the culmination of some fantastically consistent golf and his claiming of the world number one ranking was a case of third time lucky.

He was second at the Volvo Match Play in Spain last week and also at the Heritage tournament after a play-off in South Carolina last month. On both occasions a win would have made him number one

His Wentworth win was his ninth successive top-10 finish, a run that began with his victory at the WGC-Accenture Match Play in Arizona in February.

In that run he has earned over £3million - and that works out at £77,140 for every round, or over £4,200 for every hole.

Donald's winning in his last nine tournaments:

February 27 - 1st WGC-Accenture Match Play, £862,540
March 6 - 10th Honda Classic, £84,282
March 13 - 6th WGC-Cadillac Championship, £166,963
April 10 - 4th The Masters, £203,723
April 24 - 2nd The Heritage, £379,271
May 1 - 8th Zurich Classic, £106,462
May 15 - 4th Players Championship, £257,529
May 22 - 2nd Volvo World Match Play, £369,588
May 29 - 1st BMW PGA Championship, £655,250

How No.1 ranking has changed in last seven months:

October 24, 2010: 1 Woods 8.31, 2 Westwood 8.25, 3 Kaymer 8.03
October 31, 2010: 1 Westwood 8.29, 2 Woods 8.13, 3 Kaymer 7.98
February 27, 2011: 1 Kaymer 8.35, 2 Westwood 8.16, 3 Donald 6.63
April 24, 2011: 1 Westwood 7.65, 2 Kaymer 7.52, 3 Donald 7.38
May 29, 2011: 1 Donald 9.14, 2 Westwood 8.74, 3 Kaymer 7.41

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