Mizuno Brand Ambassador Luke Donald Named 2011 PGA Tour Player of the Year

December 13, 2011

Player of the Year Recognition Caps off Spectacular 2011 Season and World Number-One Ranking

Norcross, GA (December 13, 2011) – Mizuno PGA Tour Staffer Luke Donald was announced as the 2011 PGA Tour Player of the Year by PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem following a vote by PGA Tour players.  Donald earned the honor by capturing the PGA Tour money list title on the strength of two PGA Tour victories and a Tour-leading 14 top-10 finishes.  This prestigious honor caps off a spectacular season for the number-one player in the world.

Donald’s wins at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic helped solidify his PGA Tour Player of the Year title.  His come-from-behind victory at Disney concluded his finest year on the PGA Tour by earning $6.68 million and his first ever PGA Tour money title.  Donald was also the PGA Tour’s leader in adjusted scoring average at 68.86, earning him both the Vardon Trophy and Byron Nelson Award.  Donald led the PGA Tour with 14 top-10 finishes in 19 events.  

“We’d like to congratulate Luke on the much deserved 2011 PGA Tour Player of the Year honor,” said Dick Lyons, Vice President and General Manager, Golf Division for Mizuno USA, Inc.  “Luke had a spectacular 2011 season, and we look forward to watching him build upon this success in 2012.” 

For the 28th consecutive week Donald sits atop the World Golf Rankings, which apart from Tiger Woods run at number one from 2005 to 2010, is the longest stretch since Greg Norman’s 96 weeks from 1995 to 1997.  Utilizing his high performance Grain Flow Forged MP irons, MP T-11 wedges, and Mizuno CLK Fli-Hi, Donald made history this week as the first player to win both the PGA Tour and European Tour money lists in the same year, as he finished third at the Dubai World Championships. 

Mizuno delivers outstanding innovations and high-performance technologies for serious golfers of all skill levels.  With groundbreaking design technologies and processes like Grain Flow Forging Technology, Mizuno has earned the trust of golfers at every level.  For more information on Mizuno’s complete line of golf equipment, visit www.mizunogolf.com

About Mizuno USA

Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running, track & field, and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America.  Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in Norcross, Georgia.

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