Luke Donald on PGA Player of the Year shortlist

Luke Donald won the Disney Classic in Florida in October
Luke Donald won the Disney Classic in Florida in October

Luke Donald could become the first British golfer to win the PGA Tour Player of the Year award after he was named on a five-man shortlist.

Americans Keegan Bradley, Bill Haas, Webb Simpson and Nick Watney are also in the running.

Tour professionals vote for the winner, with Donald already assured of the PGA Tour money list title.

The Englishman, who has won two events and enjoyed 14 top-10 finishes, is favourite to lift the players' award.

Donald has already won the PGA Player of the Year award for 2011, a more statistically-based award, presented by the PGA of America.

Since its inception in 1990, the PGA Tour Player of the Year prize - also known as the Jack Nicklaus Trophy - has been claimed by the PGA Player of the Year on all but two occasions.

One of those to miss out on the double was Donald's fellow Englishman Nick Faldo, who failed to win the players' vote in 1990, while Corey Pavin missed out 12 months later.

Ireland's Padraig Harrington won both during his successful season in 2008, when he also won the USPGA Championship and the Open Championship.

Tiger Woods has been the Tour's most successful player, winning both awards 10 times apiece.

Bradley has also been nominated for the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award alongside Chris Kirk, Charl Schwartzel, Scott Stallings, Brendan Steele and Jhonattan Vegas.