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Luke Donald is looking to end 2012 with back-to-back wins at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
The 34 year old Englishman captured the Dunlop Phoenix title in Japan on Sunday for his third victory of the year, and despite seeing Rory McIlroy take his World Number One, Race to Dubai and US PGA Tour money list titles, Donald insists the year has been a success.
“I knew it was always going to be tough to follow what I did last year, but it’s still been a very successful year,” said the World Number Two. “I won three times on three different tours and three different continents - there are a lot of my accomplishments I'm very proud of.
“I think we always want to be at this event, and coming back here after what I did last year brings back a lot of great memories. It's an event with the Top 60 guys from the year and another chance to obviously play against some of the best players in the world and try to win a tournament.
“I'm excited to be here. Not just because of how big an event it is, but just because this is my last event and it's one more opportunity to get some success before the end of this year.”
Despite retaining his three victories, including a successful defence of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in May, Donald admits his ongoing wait to land a first Major Championship has taken some of the gloss off his year.
His best performance this year was fifth at The Open Championship, although he was never seriously in contention to deny Ernie Els.
“Slightly disappointing would be the Majors,” he added. “But certainly a lot of positives, and I’m looking forward to a little bit of rest and then working hard again in the off season and getting ready for hopefully another successful year in 2013.
“I think you always aspire to be as good as you can be. I've already proved to myself that I've been good enough to be Number One and it's something I don't think about so much now.
“There's no doubt in my mind that he [McIlroy]'s had the best year of anyone. A lot of people said that winning both money titles wouldn't happen again for a long time and it only took Rory a few months to pull that feat off.
“As I said, Rory has a tremendous amount of talent and he's played well in the right events. What he's done is an amazing achievement, and hats off to him. He's had a great year.”