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'Don’t have to be big to be beautiful'

other Updated: Dec 13, 2011 02:29 IST
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Luke Donald has bucked a trend by landing a unique trans-Atlantic double despite lacking the power of many of his peers and he wants lesser players to know that in golf you do not have to be big to be beautiful. "I'm sure some golfers out there have looked at my success and figured out you don't need to hit it 100 miles," the world number one told reporters after adding the European money-list crown to the U.S. order of merit he won in October.

"There is more to this game than hitting it far. I would love to hit it further but I've got to stick with what I have and what my talents are," added the Briton after finishing third behind Dubai World Championship winner Alvaro Quiros of Spain.

"I've proved that if you have a good and proficient short game and good putting you can have a decent year no matter what. I think people are taking notice of what I've done and how I've done it and will maybe change the way they approach practice." The 5-foot-9 Donald has been consistency personified this year, winning a total of four trophies in Europe and the U.S. and compiling 19 top-10 finishes in 25 starts. However, the hard work will not stop there for the record-breaking Englishman.

"There are always ways to improve," said the 34-year-old Donald. "That's the beauty of our sport, and life.