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Luke Donald

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (38) / 12/7/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 160

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Two-time winner Luke Donald hung up a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in his opening round at the BMW PGA Championship.
We've come to expect this from the Englishman at Wentworth where he's finished in the top three in five of the last eight years. Donald also started with a 68 when defending the title in 2012 and repeated the feat today via six birdies against two bogeys. After three opening pars, the 38-year-old made his move by circling red at 4, 5 and 8 before dropping a shot at 9. He picked up the pace again with birdies at 10 and 12 and wiped out a bogey at 15 with a final gain at the par-5 18th. On the live leaderboard, Donald is in T4 and just a shot off the clubhouse lead held by Jaco Van Zyl. In his morning round, he split 7 (of 14) fairways, hit 13 greens in regulation and was 3-for-5 in scrambling. May 26 - 8:28 AM

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Luke Donald twirled a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in the third round of the Valero Texas Open to post 9-under 207, up 10 on the live leaderboard to T3. UPDATE: With play completed, Donald is in a two-way T3, two back of 54-hole leader Ricky Barnes, and for the second week in a row, will play in the final group on Sunday.

At last week's Heritage, the Englishman led outright after 54 holes, eventually finishing co-runner-up with an even-par 71. He's leading in the clubhouse thru 54 holes seven days later, opening his fourth VTO -- first at TPC San Antonio -- in 69-70 and today's five-birdie one-bogey showing. The 38-year-old, who's last appearance was T34 in 2003, split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, posting 3.098 in strokes gained: tee-to-green at the time he signed his card. He managed 0.529 in strokes gained: putting and 1.714 putts per GIR, aided by a zero-putt birdie from 16'6" at the par-4 17th, and highlighted by a 34'4" roll for a '3' on the par-4 sixth.
Apr 23 - 5:23 PM

Luke Donald carved out a 2-under-par 33-37=70 in the second round of the Valero Texas Open to reach the halfway point on 5-under 139, up three spots on the live leaderboard to T7, five back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Brendan Steele.

At last week's RBC Heritage, Donald co-led after 18 holes and led outright after 54, but finished co-runner-up after a closing even-par 71, with Branden Grace racing by with 66. He put that in the rear-view mirror and opened his fourth VTO -- first since 2003 -- in four-birdie one-bogey 69. The 38-year-old began off No. 10 in R2 and sleepwalked through his first nine holes with eight pars and bogey-6 at the 14th. He awoke to come home in bogey-free 3-under, circling birdies on 2 (from 22'8"), 8 and 9, capping the birdie-birdie finish with a 12'6" roll for the walk-off 3.
Apr 22 - 4:05 PM

Following a runner-up finish at the RBC Heritage, Luke Donald kept the momentum going with a 3-under-par 34-35=69 during the opening round of the Valero Texas Open.

The Englishman found plenty of fairways in his first crack at TPC San Antonio's Oaks Course, striping 11 (of 14). His irons weren't as precise, landing just nine greens in regulation, but missing on the right side in most cases, allowing for an 8-for-9 scrambling effort. Of course the flat stick contributed with three putts made from outside 10 feet, including a 19'11" roll at the par-3 seventh and a 19-footer on the par-4 10th hole. Donald will have a short turnaround before he gets back out there this morning for his second round tee time.
Apr 22 - 10:10 AM

Overnight leader Luke Donald sleepwalked to an even-par 35-36=71 in today's final round of the RBC Heritage for a four-day total of 7-under 277, down one on the leaderboard into a two-way T2, two back of champion Branden Grace.

The Englishman was seeking his sixth TOUR title, first since the 2012 Valspar, beginning the finale with a one-shot lead over two players, none named Grace. He did co-lead with Grace with first-round 66s, but led thru 54 holes after tacking on 71-69. This was the Englishman's 10th 54-hole lead/co-lead in his 299th career start and he's now converted just two into victories, most recently at the 2006 Honda. Donald had a two-shot lead after 54 holes here in 2014 as well, eventually finishing solo second with a closing 69. He now owns four runners-up at Harbour Town in 11 visits, with third-place finishes two other times. All of the 38-year-old's action in R4 came in a four-hole stretch, posting birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey on holes 7-10, otherwise recording 14 pars. He played his inward half in birdie-less 1-over and settles for his first top 10 of 2015-16 in his 11th start.
Apr 17 - 6:39 PM

Luke Donald orchestrated a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in today's third round of the RBC Heritage to post 7-under 206, up three on the leaderboard and good for the 54-hole lead by one over Jason Kokrak, whom he'll be paired with in the final twosome on Sunday, and Charley Hoffman, who co-led after 36 holes.

Donald began his third frame in a three-way T4 on 5-under, one adrift of 36-hole tri-leaders Kevin Chappell, Jason Day and Hoffman. He co-led after 18 holes after an opening 66 and chased with even-par 71 to begin Day 3 in the third-to-last twosome. The Englishman, three times a RBC runner-up -- most recently in 2014 -- striped eight (of 14) fairways and mustered 11 greens in regulation, registering 3.351 strokes gained: tee-to-green and 1.210 strokes gained: putting. He turned in 2-under, erasing a failed scramble at the par-4 ninth with birdies at Nos. 2, 4 and 8, including a 20'4" roll on the latter. The 38-year-old, whose last of five TOUR wins was at the 2012 Transitions, exchanged a 10-yard hole-out for birdie-3 at 10 with a failed scramble at the par-4 13th to complete his scoring. He's now put 28 of his last 30 rounds at Harbour Town in the par-or-better column.
Apr 16 - 6:12 PM

Overnight co-leader Luke Donald conjured up an even-par 34-37=71 in the second round of the RBC Heritage to post 5-under 137, down two on the live leaderboard to T3. UPDATE With play completed on Friday, Donald is in a three-way T4, one shy of 36-hole tri-leaders Kevin Chappell, Jason Day and Charley Hoffman.

Donald is making his 11th start at the RBC and is a three-time runner-up. His 67 on Day 1 co-led with Branden Grace and was his first 18-hole on TOUR since the 2011 Children's Miracle Network Classic. The 38-year-old began the second round off No. 10 tee and recorded eight pars and a double bogey-5 on the 14th to turn 2-over, but erased that with birdies on the par-5 second and an 11-footer at the par-3 fourth. He digressed across the board on his stat line to eight (of 14) fairways, 11 greens in regulation, and 1.818 putts per GIR.
Apr 15 - 5:32 PM

Luke Donald managed his way around Harbour Town Golf Links in route to a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in the opening round of the RBC Heritage.

The Englishman arrived as a course horse, finishing inside the top 15 in six of his last seven starts here at Harbour Town GL. He did not disappoint in round one as he split 10 (of 14) fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation. His positioning off the tee allowed him ample scoring opportunities and he converted on six of them. The longest were 15'8" and 16'11" birdie rolls on the par-4 third and par-4 11th holes, respectively. Overall, the flat stick was quiet, as 11 of his putts made came from inside three feet. A great opening round for Donald, but it's possible to go even lower if the putter heats up.
Apr 14 - 12:20 PM

Luke Donald arrives as a course horse at Harbour Town Golf Links as he preps for his 11th appearance at this week's RBC Heritage.

The Englishman missed the cut in two of his first three starts here, but owns five podium finishes in his last seven starts at Harbour Town GL. On the season, he ranks 123rd in the FedExCup after an 8-for-10 start. The previous World No. 1 golfer is not finding himself in contention lately, with just one top 25 on the season. With a return to a very comfortable venue, Donald has a great chance to crack back into the top 25.
Apr 13 - 9:53 AM

Luke Donald returns home in preparation of this week's Honda Classic.

The Jupiter, Florida, resident makes his way back to PGA National's Champion Course for a sixth crack at it. He's earned top 10s in four of those visits. It's safe to say he feels comfortable around this venue, and the local knowledge is likely to play a small part in that. Donald is 5-for-6 to kick off the new season, but he's still searching for his first top 25. Gamers should use him with confidence in all formats this week.
Feb 24 - 6:50 PM

Luke Donald makes his way back to Riviera Country Club for a 14th attempt to win the Northern Trust Open.

The Englishman owns an 8-for-13 record at Riviera CC, including six top 25s. Considering all the years he played at or near the top of the Official World Golf Rankings, those results are nothing to write home about. Last year's visit yielded a missed cut after an opening-round, 6-over 77 that he couldn't recover from. Donald is starting to show some flashes of his old brilliance, but its just that, flashes. Until he shows some more consistency, gamers should only consider him mildly appealing.
Feb 17 - 5:33 PM

Luke Donald smoothed a bogey-free 5-under-par 34-31=65 in the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii for a two-day total of 10-under 130, two adrift of 36-hole leader Brandt Snedeker.

Donald enjoyed a T2 here nine years ago in his fifth playing and had a career scoring average at the par-70 Waialae CC of 68.61 in 28 rounds entering the week. He's improved on that record with a pair of 65s, including today's blemish-free five-birdie showing. The 38-year-old found just six (of 14) fairways but improved by four to 14 greens in regulation. His stroll today began with seven consecutive pars before breaking the ice from 32 inches at the par-4 eighth to turn 1-under. Following the break, he added back-to-back circles on 12 and 13, both from inside seven feet, and put two more on the card at 17 and 18, including a 19-footer at the former.
Jan 16 - 12:34 AM

Luke Donald opened up the Sony Open with a 5-under-par 31-34=65, starting off the new year on the right foot.

The Englishman went off on the 10th tee this morning and traded a birdie with a bogey through six holes. At the turn, he fired up the motor to circle three birdies in a row, starting at the par-5 18th and ending at the par-4 2nd hole. He saved the best for last as he drilled a 38'7" eagle-bomb to walk off the course in style. Donald is looking to bounce back from two poor seasons, by his standards, and this is a step in the right direction.
Jan 14 - 6:10 PM

Luke Donald has kept himself busy overseas during the fall as he prepares for a bounce-back season in 2016.

The Englishman cracked the field at East Lake in five consecutive seasons before the last two, where he's failed to even reach the BMW Championship. Donald still shows flashes of brilliance in his game but hasn't recorded a podium finish on the PGA TOUR since the RBC Heritage in April of 2014. Gamers should remain cautious with Donald to open 2016, but always be ready to jump on the train if the form shows any sign of returning to previous levels.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 10:37:00 PM

On his return to home English soil, Luke Donald crafted a first-round 4-under-par 35-32=67 in the British Masters at Woburn.

Donald missed the cut in last week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland but, back in the south of England where he grew up, the Englishman looked very much at ease on the Marquess course. The former World No. 1 played a steady opening nine with eight pars and a single birdie at 16 taking him to the turn in 35. He accelerated with further birdies at 1, 2 and 4 and responded to a dropped shot at 6 with another at 7. Donald is a two-time winner of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth (2011 and 2012) so has a habit of shining in front of his home fans. Right now, he's T4 and just two of the clubhouse lead.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 09:23:00 AM