The victory of Donald at the BMW Championship at Wentworth a few days ago has put him at the top spot.
Donald’s achievement was acclaimed by McDowell, his European Ryder Cup team-mate, even as he prepares to defend the Wales Open title starting Thursday at Celtic Manor.
“It gives me a lot of confidence seeing a guy like Luke having his game as polished as it is right now,” said McDowell.
“When you play with guys like maybe Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson or Rory McIlroy, they do things with a golf ball I am not sure I could do.
“I am never going to be able to fly it 350 yards, but when I look at Luke, who has a type of game like I have which is not a power game, it’s a controlled game with a great short game and a great putter. I know I can get that good. It is Luke’s level of consistency that has blown me away at the minute.
“How does he keep doing what he’s doing? The schedule he has just played – the business end of The Players’ Championship, Volvo World Matchplay and then the PGA – he is just churning it out week after week. It’s incredible.
“I remember playing a practice round with him at the Ryder Cup here at Celtic Manor last year, and he really impressed me. He is continuing to play that way – he has got the full package.”
The field was finished down by McDowell during the inaugural PowerPlay even over the Ryder Cup Twenty Ten Course’ nine holes. Caroline Hedwall of the Swedish ladies’ European Tour won the event,
Hedwall was pushed close by two other stars of the women’s game namely Paula Creamer of America and Helen Alfredsson of Sweden. However, an impressive 32 points was posted by Hedwall to win £100,000. She also collected 24 hours before that, £45,000 for winning a European Tour event in Slovakia.
The best male finisher was Ian Poulter who ended joint-third with Creamer. Had his putter not let him down at key moments, Paul Casey would have run Hedwall close.
Hedwall said: “I was nervous and struggled in the beginning, but my putting saved me a lot. I really can’t believe the last couple of days.”