World number one Luke Donald has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours
While Donald only recently wrestled the top ranking away from Rory McIlroy, he has spent 48 weeks at the top of the pile since first reaching the number one position in May last year.
“I am truly honoured to be awarded an MBE by Her Majesty - particularly in her Jubilee year,” said Donald.
“Both 2011 and 2012 have been very significant years for me, both personally and professionally, and I am touched that my accomplishments have been recognised in this way.”
While the award comes at a disappointing time for Donald who missed the cut at this weekend’s US Open, he enjoyed a stellar 18 months, winning five tournaments in 2011 and a further two thus far this year. However, a Major title still alludes him.
Added to his numerous victories, Donald completed the unprecedented feat of topping the money lists on the European and American tours last season.
The 34-year-old has won three Ryder Cups with Europe and also enjoyed World Cup success for England with Paul Casey in 2004.