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Luke Donald |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (37) / 12/7/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 160
College: Northwestern University

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Luke Donald enjoyed a 4-under-par 35-32=67 in today's opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and signed his card as the clubhouse leader.
The Englishman is playing for his life in the Playoffs for the second consecutive week. After opening at 119th in points, a T24 at The Barclays lifted him to 87th, but it also extended a longer arc of form dating back to a top 20 in Ireland in late May. Today at TPC Boston, he stood over 14 opportunities to break par and converted six times for birdie. Rolls from 13'8" and 21'9" at the seventh and 10th holes, respectively, stand out, but he also salvaged par from 11'1" at the par-4 14th. He squared two bogeys, both as a result of missing the GIR. This is his lowest opening aggregate on the PGA TOUR since he spun the same in the first round of the 2014 Honda Classic 18 months ago. Sep 4 - 3:01 PM

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Luke Donald readies for his seventh consecutive appearance at the Deutsche Bank Championship --eighth overall during the Playoffs era-- and enters the week 87th in the FedExCup standings.

It's been a struggle for Donald most of the season posting just two top 10s on 19 starts, the most recent was a tied, season-best T7 at the Travelers Championship at the end of June. However, Donald currently ranks sixth on the PGA TOUR in consecutive cuts made with eight. Add in overseas starts, and it bumps to 11 straight paydays for the former World No. 1. The 37-year-old shot a season-low 5-under 65 in round three at last week's Barclays, eventually finishing T24 for his fifth top 25 of the season. Donald is 7-for-7 at the DBC in the Playoffs era, with back-to-back top-five finishes in 2010 and 2011, but hasn't cracked the top 25 in his last three visits.
Sep 2 - 11:15 PM

Luke Donald twirled a bogey-free, 5-under-par 31-34=65 in the third round of The Barclays to reach the three-quarter pole at 4-under 206, up 30 places on the live leaderboard.

After just four bogey-free rounds for the field thru the first two rounds at Plainfield Country Club, there's been three posted already on Saturday, including Donald's effort. He began the day at 1-over (T50), one inside the cut-line. The 37-year-old opened and closed his loop with birdie-3s, rolling in a 24-footer at the par-4 first, and wrapping with a 16'10" conversion at the par-4 18th. In-between, he penciled three circles on the card at Nos. 4, 9 and 12, each from inside seven feet. The Englishman added par saves from 9'11" at the par-3 11th, 7'10" at the par-4 eighth and a 12-footer at the par-4 second to keep his card blemish-free. Donald split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, recording a 4.106 mark in strokes gained: putting at last check. His 65 is a season low on 66 rounds.
Aug 29 - 2:05 PM

Luke Donald turns his attention to Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey, for his eighth playing of The Barclays in the FedExCup Playoffs.

Donald bumped to 119th (from No. 124) in the FedExCup standings after last week's T26-showing at the Wyndham Championship. He was outside the top 125 in FEC points most of this season (thru the U.S. Open in mid-June), but a T7 (Travelers) and a T12 at The Open Championship was enough. He held on (barely) with T74-T43-T26 in his last three starts. It's a far cry from 2011 when he led the TOUR in official earnings, eventually finishing third in the final FEC standings for the second consecutive year. The Englishman is one of only 22 players that have made the FEC Playoffs every year since their inception in 2007. He finished 89th last year (failing to advance past the second round), ending a streak of five straight years reaching the TOUR Championship. The 37-year-old finished T18 at Plainfield CC in the hurricane-shortened edition of The Barclays in 2011.
Aug 24 - 10:31 PM

Luke Donald has Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and American Patrick Reed for company in the first two rounds of the PGA Championship.

The trio have been pencilled in for an afternoon start and tee off from the 1st at 1:00pm local time. This is Donald's 12th start in the year's final major and he owns a fairly solid record with five top 25s. His best was a T3 at Medinah in 2006 while he took T8 at Atlanta Athletic Club in 2011. At Whistling Straits he missed the cut in 2010 but posted T24 in 2004. The Englishman is under much less pressure these days to deliver a first major than he was when topping the world rankings in 2011 but still knows it's an obvious omission from a decorated career. His form coming in is encouraging with T7s at the Travelers Championship and Scottish Open and a T12 at the Open Championship although he was only T74 in the Canadian Open on his last start.
Aug 12 - 7:42 AM

Luke Donald arrived at the midpoint of the RBC Canadian Open in 2-under-par 72-70=142, surviving the cut on the number.

The Brit entered the week as a favorite to contend given his recent form and potential to match up well with Glen Abbey. However, he found only 11 (of 28) fairways and 21 greens in regulation over his first two rounds and has exchanged seven birdies with five bogeys. A 36-hole cut on the PGA TOUR consists of low 70 professionals and ties, so because three amateurs are lower than Donald, who's T72 after 36 holes, he advances to the weekend. In fact, 91 golfers will play the third round after which a second cut of low 70 pros and ties will fall. The three amateurs to survive the cut are Austin Connelly (T22), Blair Hamilton (T33) and Ryan Ruffels (T56). You'll find Ollie Schniederjans at T44, but he's making his pro debut this week.
Jul 24 - 7:50 PM

Luke Donald followed his opening 68 at The Open Championship with a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in today's second round.

Donald hit only 12 greens in regulation today but he circled six birdies to help ease the sting of an opening double bogey and bogey-5s in the dark at the closing two holes. So, at 6-under 138, he's three shot off the 36-hole clubhouse lead off countryman Danny Willett.
Jul 17 - 4:36 PM

Luke Donald toured St. Andrews in bogey-free, 4-under-par 32-36=68 in today's opening round of The Open Championship, finishing two strokes adrift of the clubhouse co-leaders.

He continues to crawl out of his funk. In fact, he may be clear. After T7s at the Travelers Championship and Scottish Open, Donald went 4-for-4 in scrambling today with birdies on half of his first eight holes. He parred out. Now 37 years of age, the window of opportunity to break through in a major for someone with his specific skill set closes more rapidly, but it takes only one week to make history. This was vintage form from the Brit, evidence that his day in the record books may occur after all.
Jul 16 - 9:16 AM

Luke Donald won the 2011 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart and tries his luck again in this week's edition at Gullane.

The Englishman owns one of the best modern-day records in this tournament. As well as that win he was runner-up in 2006, made the top five in 2005 and 2007 and has never been outside the top 16 in six starts. Donald arrives in Scotland having secured a place in next week's Open Championship at St Andrews via a T7 finish in the Travelers Championship. That was his first top 10 since March so he could be peaking again at the perfect time.
Jul 7 - 4:26 AM

Luke Donald crafted a 4-under-par 34-32=66 in the final round of the Travelers Championship to finish up at 11-under 269, currently tied with Bo Van Pelt for the early clubhouse lead and four shots back of the leader on the course.

Donald, making his TPC River Highlands debut, began the day at 7-under (T25) and seven shots adrift. On his day, he squashed one bogey with three birdies and an eagle, with the lone bogey coming at the last. The Englishman, vying to snare one of the four Open Championship qualifying spots that are available at the Travelers, landed nine (of 14) fairways on his loop, but not on the 18th. He found the fairway bunker and ended up squaring bogey, missing a 10'1" par putt. Donald's par breakers included a 25'1" birdie roll on 12, and a 15'4" conversion for the eagle-3 at 13. The 37-year-old, currently T7 on the live leaderboard, has one top 10 (T7, Honda Classic) on 14 prior starts in 2015.
Jun 28 - 4:55 PM

Luke Donald couldn't get anything going again in the third round of the U.S. Open, carding a 3-over-par 35-38=73 to settle in at 7-over 217.

A birdie at the second hole was as good as it got for the Englishman, who played the rest of his round at Chambers Bay with 14 pars, two bogeys and a double bogey-6 at the 14th. It added to scores of 73 and 71 and, for now, has Donald in T47 and destined to finish in the pack. He split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation but needed 34 putts.
Jun 20 - 6:14 PM

Luke Donald carded a 1-over-par 36-35=71 in Friday's second round at the U.S. Open and will hope that's enough to make the weekend.

The top 60 and ties play the last 36 holes at Chambers Bay and, at 4-over 144, Donald is outside that mark although expect it to be okay in such difficult conditions. Nevertheless, it looks as if another major is set to pass the Englishman by as he's nine shots behind clubhouse leader Jordan Spieth. The 37-year-old could only find two birdies today and those gains at 1 and 14 were outweighed by bogeys at 5, 11 and 18. Donald split all 14 fairways but couldn't cash in on his accuracy off the tee and found only 12 greens in regulation.
Jun 19 - 7:20 PM

Luke Donald will be making a 12th appearance in the U.S. Open this week after coming through sectional qualifying.

The Englishman's neat and tidy game has always appeared a good fit for the year's second major but it hasn't played out like that. He's 7-for-11 but has only made one serious title bid, that ending in a T8 at Merion two years ago after he sat third at halfway. So far it's his only top 10 finish. The former world No. 1, who is still without a major, has had a modest 2015 although showed glimpses of better form when T18 in the Irish Open and T29 at the St. Jude Classic on his last two starts. He tees off from the 10th at 1.22pm PDT alongside Japan's Ryo Ishikawa and American J.B. Holmes.
Jun 17 - 9:26 AM

Luke Donald achieved the expected and sectional qualified for the U.S. Open today at The Bears Club in Jupiter, Florida, where he is a member.

It's hard to believe that the former top-ranked golfer in the world is already outside the bubble for automatic qualifying, but the USGA did him a solid with this host site. He converted 10 birdies and squared four bogeys and a double en route to 4-under-par 72-68=140. Andy Pope also posted 140 with respective rounds of 73 and 67 to share top billing, as did Florida State University's Jack Maguire (70-70). The final of four berths went to England's Sam Horsfield, who outlasted amateur Cristobal Del Solar of Chile in a playoff. The only notables that failed to qualify from this site withdrew with only one round in the books. That group includes Chris DiMarco, Brett Wetterich, Jon Curran and Fabian Gomez.
Jun 8 - 8:08 PM

Luke Donald returned a second straight 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the BMW PGA Championship to reach 4-under 140 at the midpoint.

That's six swings behind leader Francesco Molinari and slots him at T8 on the current leaderboard halfway through day two. The 2011 and 2012 winner of this event again played the front nine in 1-over after bogeys at 2 and 9 against a single birdie at 4. But he found his rhythm on he back with birdies at 10, 12, 14 and 17 and a lone bogey at 15. Donald managed to hit just 10 greens in regulation but was 6-for-8 in scrambling.
May 22 - 9:53 AM