Luke Donald Facing Showdown Chasing History -- Again

The World's No. 1 player Luke Donald, finds himself once again starring a showdown right in the face while chasing history, trying to become the only player to ever win the money title on both the PGA and European Tours in the same season.

Webb Simpson forced his hand earlier this year on the PGA Tour, when he decided to enter the final event of PGA Tour's Fall Series at Disney.

Donald of course showed up and won the event to wrap up the 2011 money title on the PGA Tour.

Much of the same is happening again for Donald, as the final stop on the European Tour's chase to Dubai is this weekend and he finds himself once again needing a strong finish to secure the money title -- again.

Rory McIlroy won the UBS Hong Kong Open this past Sunday, trailing Donald now by only £1,058,711. With the winners check at the Dubai World Championship is £1.25-million.

“It meant a lot knowing that I had to go out there and play well to keep myself alive in the Race to Dubai, probably to keep second place in the world rankings. To produce the sort of golf I did today was very pleasing," said McIlroy after his victory in China.

“That was one of the goals going out today, was to win this tournament to keep myself in with a shout next week."

And a shout is what he now has heading into Dubai this week.

For McIlroy to win, he would need the victory and for Donald to finish no better than ninth to not only win the Race to Dubai -- But to dash Donald's chances at history as well.

The showdown that was played out at Disney on the U.S. side of the Atlantic, really brought attention to the PGA Tour's Fall Series and made for great television.

With the European Tour's money title coming down to the wire in much of the same fashion. I'm sure the Dubai World Championship will have it's share of dramatics.

A great way to wrap up a stellar 2011 golf season around the globe.

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