McIlroy better than Woods: Luke Donald

Updated: December 7, 2011

Luke Donald, the world’s number one golfer, has said he believes that Irishman Rory McIlroy is a more talented player than 14-times major winner Tiger Woods.

“Tiger’s work ethic has always been tremendous, and his mindset as well,” Donald told reporters on Wednesday. “But I think Rory has more pure talent. I have always said that, of the guys I’ve played with, Rory has the most talent. I see him winning lots of tournaments and lots of majors.”

“Rory showed the world how great he can be when he won the US Open,” said Donald, who clinched the US PGA Tour’s money-list crown in October.

“That was an unbelievable way to play in a major event and finish it off like he did,” he added, referring to the 22-year-old Irishman’s runaway eight-shot victory in Maryland in June. He’s young and has a great future ahead of him.”

Donald has led the world rankings for 27 consecutive weeks and he said he was proud of his performances in 2011:

“I’ve had a tremendous year, winning four times, and being very consistent in all of the other tournaments. There’s no way you can have a chance of winning both money-lists unless you are playing at a high level throughout the year. It has obviously been very satisfying and something I am very proud of.”

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