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Luke DonaldFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaLuke Donald

Donald during 2011The Heritage

Personal information

Full nameLuke Campbell Donald

Born7 December 1977(age33)Hemel Hempstead,Hertfordshire

Height5ft9in (1.75m)

Weight161lb (73kg; 11.5st)


ResidenceNorthfield, Illinois;High Wycombe,Buckinghamshire;Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

SpouseDiane Antonopoulos


CollegeNorthwestern University

Turned professional2001

Current tour(s)PGA Tour(joined 2001)European Tour(joined 2003)

Professional wins11

Number of wins by tour

PGA Tour4

European Tour6


Best results in Major Championships

Masters TournamentT3: 2005

U.S. OpenT12: 2006

The Open ChampionshipT5: 2009

PGA ChampionshipT3: 2006

Achievements and awards

Fred Haskins Award1999

PGA Tourleading money winner2011

Vardon Trophy2011

Byron Nelson Award2011

PGA Player of the Year2011

Luke Campbell Donald(born 7 December 1977) is anEnglishprofessional golferwho is the currentWorld Number One. He plays mainly on the U.S. basedPGA Tourbut is also a member of theEuropean Tour. In 2006 he reached the top ten in theOfficial World Golf Rankingsfor the first time in his career. In January 2007, he was briefly the highest ranked European golfer. In May 2011 Donald became number one in the World Rankings after winning theBMW PGA Championship. He has spent over 100 weeks in the top-10.[1]He won the 2011 PGA Tour money list title and currently also leads the European Tour money list.Contents[hide] 1Early life 2Early career 3Professional career 3.12011 WGC win 3.2Continued 2011 season form and World No.1 4Sponsorship 5Personal life 6Amateur wins (3) 7Professional wins (11) 7.1PGA Tour wins (4) 7.2European Tour wins (6) 7.3Other wins (2) 8Results in major championships 8.1Summary 9World Golf Championships 9.1Wins (1) 9.2Results timeline 10Career earnings by year 11Equipment 12Team appearances 13See also 14References 15External links

[edit]Early lifeAlthough his father is fromStranraerin southwestScotland,[2]Luke Donald was born inHemel Hempstead,Hertfordshire. He has described himself as "half Scottish".[3]Luke Donald and his brother Christian played junior golf at Hazlemere and Beaconsfield Golf Clubs. Christian caddied for Luke. Luke was the club champion of Beaconsfield twice, winning the championship first at the age of 15. He attended the Rudolf Steiner School in Kings Langley ( and later theRoyal Grammar School, High Wycombe.[citation needed][edit]Early careerComing from England, he joinedCollege Prospects of America, a service also employed by golferMartin Laird, which created a rsum for him and sent it to all the major colleges and universities in the United States. Several coaches responded, including Wally Goodwin atStanford University. Goodwin recruited Donald to join his golf squad, but Donald was not admitted to the university.[4]Donald subsequently took a golf scholarship atNorthwestern Universityin 1997, where he studied art theory and practice, and became a member of theSigma Chifraternity. His golf coach atNorthwestern Universitywas Pat Goss.[5]He won the individualNCAA Division I Men's Golf Championshipsmen's title in 1999, beating the scoring record formerly held byTiger Woods.[citation needed][edit]Professional careerDonald turned professional in 2001. The following year he won the rain-shortenedSouthern Farm Bureau Classic becoming only the 11th rookie in PGA Tour history to earn more than $1 million in his first season.[6]In 2004 he won theOmega European Mastersand theScandinavian Masterson the European Tour. In the same year he was a member of the victorious EuropeanRyder Cupteam and also won theWGC-World Cupfor England in partnership withPaul Casey. By early 2005 he was in the top twenty of theOfficial World Golf Rankingsand his win in the 2006Honda Classicmoved him into the top ten for the first time. Soon afterwards he moved up to ninth and in January 2007 he moved up to seventh in the world.Donald, along withTom Watson, was one of two players to play withJack Nicklausin the final two rounds of golf in his career, at the 2005Open ChampionshipatOld Course at St Andrews.[7]Donald won his singles match, 2&1 againstChad Campbellin the 36thRyder Cupto help ensure Europe win the trophy for a third successive time. Donald took part in three matches and won them all. He also won in the foursomes twice, withSergio Garca.Donald has amassed career earnings on the PGA Tour of over $17,000,000, as well as over 7,000,000 on the European Tour.[8]In May 2010, Donald won theMadrid Mastersby one shot for his first title in four years.[9]In October 2010, Donald was a member of the European team that won the2010 Ryder Cupwith a one point win over the USA.[10][edit]2011 WGC winDonald's biggest win to date came in February 2011 at theWGC-Accenture Match Play Championshipwhen he defeated the German and subsequent world number oneMartin Kaymer3&2 in the final. During the final, Donald built a three-up lead over the first five holes, however Kaymer pegged him back and won three of the next four holes meaning the match was all square entering the back nine. Donald was able to regain his lead with two successive wins at holes 11 and 12, then followed that up with a birdie on hole 15 to re-build his three-up lead with three holes to play. Both players then parred the par three 16th ensuring Donald's firstWorld Golf Championshiptitle and biggest victory of his career.[11]Donald had been in exceptional form all week and held an unprecedented record of having never trailed at any point during the week. He started the tournament off in fine fashion with thumping 6&5 win over AmericanCharley Hoffman. The second round was much more competitive and his toughest test all week when he faced fellowRyder Cupteam mateEdoardo Molinari. It was a tight match that went down to the 17th, when Donald would win the hole with a birdie to seal a 2&1 victory. His third round opponent was another Italian, this time the young 17 year oldMatteo Manassero, however Donald effectively won this by the time the pair reached the 10th hole with a five-up lead. The Italian fought back on the back nine winning two holes off Donald but it was all in vain as Manaserro went down 3&2. In the quarter final on Saturday, he faced AmericanRyan Mooreand Donald again found himself five-up at the 10th hole, but this time finishing it off at the 14th with a 5&4 victory. Later that Saturday his semi final opponent was anotherUnited Statesplayer inMatt Kuchar, but Donald was in scintillating form, crushing Kuchar 6&5, having found himself seven-up through the first 10 holes.[12]It was indeed Donald's form on the front nine all week that took him to this title, as apart from the final when Kaymer clawed it back, Donald was able to build unassailable leads on route to victory. As a result of this tournament win, Donald climbed to his highest ever World Ranking position of World Number Three.[edit]Continued 2011 season form and World No.1Donald continued his early season form atThe HeritageatHarbour Town Golf Linkswhen he held the lead going into final round withJim Furyk. With the pressure of knowing that he would become the new world number 1 he shot a 70 one under round to finish tied with AmericanBrandt Snedekerwho fired a quite brilliant 64 seven under par round. In the playoff, both players birdied and then parred the first two extra holes, however at the third extra hole Donald made bogey when his chip ran narrowly passed the outside edge of the hole giving Snedeker the win with a par.[13]Donald continued his excellent match play form in May reaching the final of theVolvo World Match Play Championshipwhich he eventually lost 2&1 to fellow EnglishmanIan Poulter. He knew that had he had won this tournament he would have gone toworld number onefor the first time in his career. Donald had previously beatenRoss Fisher,Charl SchwartzelandMartin Kaymerto reach the final, however he could not go on to add the Volvo World Match Play title to his WGC-Accenture Match Play title he won earlier in the year.[14]This defeat ended Donald's run of 14 consecutive match play wins.In May 2011, Donald's run of form continued when he beatLee Westwoodin a playoff to win the European Tour's flagship event theBMW PGA Championshipat theWentworth Club. This was Donald's fifth victory on the European Tour and in the process achieving one of the games highest accolades of becoming the world number one. Westwood had entered the tournament as the number one and the end of tournament playoff provided a subplot of world numbers one and two contesting for the championship. On the first playoff hole, the par five 18th, after both laying up with their second shots, Donald played a majestic pitch to leave himself no more than six feet for birdie. Westwood attempted to follow him in but got too much backspin on his approach and it spun back into the water hazard. Westwood eventually chipped out from the drop zone and made double bogey leaving Donald to hole out for birdie winning the title and becoming the new world number one.[15]Donald is only the 15th player ever to hold the world number one position and only the third Englishman to achieve this featIn July 2011 Donald won his first tournament as the world number one at theBarclays Scottish Open, which was held the week before the2011 Open Championship. He shot a bogey free 9 on Sunday to finish four strokes clear of Sweden'sFredrik Andersson Hed.[16]The tournament however, was badly affected by heavy rain in theInvernessarea, with the course becoming flooded, washing out all of