Published: Dec 07, 2011 8:02 AM EST
Updated: Dec 07, 2011 7:31 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - If he makes history and wins the European money title, No. 1-ranked Luke Donald says it would rank as one of his greatest achievements.

It would also be a chance to thank his late father Colin, who introduced the 34-year-old Donald to the game and "taught him all he knew." Donald's father died last month just days before the birth of Donald's second daughter, Sophia Ann.

Donald, who's already won the American money title, is in a duel with No. 2-ranked Rory McIlroy for the European money title. He'd be the first golfer to win both titles in a season.

McIlroy trails Donald by just under 790,000 euros ($1 million) and must win the Dubai World Championship starting Thursday and hope that Donald finishes outside the top nine in order to capture the title.