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Luke Donald

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (40) / 12/7/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 160

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Luke Donald has announced a leave of absence while he deals with some back pain. There is no clear timeline for return at the moment.
Donald provided an updated to fans via Twitter, "Unfortunately after trying to play with some back pain the last few months, my team & I have decided it’s best for me to receive the recommended treatment & take the necessary time to recover." He would go on to add, "Gutted about this but I’m fully committed to getting back out onto the course ASAP." The Englishman is also dealing with the recent loss of his mother so it's all piling up at the worst possible time, it seems. The 40-year-old has lost strokes to the field in 17 of his last 20 starts on the PGA TOUR. Season-long gamers can cut ties if they were holding on hope for a revival year. Hopefully, this break will recharge the batteries and provide him with more chances to contend over the next few years. Some say '40 is the new 30' so don't count him out just yet. Apr 23 - 12:23 PM

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Luke Donald was a pre-event withdraw from the Valero Texas Open on Monday and provided some context via social media.

The Englishman missed the cut last week at the RBC Heritage, an event that he's previously owned. To add insult to injury, Donald's mother passed away on Saturday, which explains why he's taking a pass on this week's Valero Texas Open. Gamers should remove him from all weekly lineups and let him grieve during this tough time.
Apr 18 - 9:30 AM

World No. 196 Luke Donald readies for the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina, a tournament he ranks second in all-time earnings at with seven top 10s, all top-3 finishes. UPDATE: Donald missed the cut by one shot on 1-over 76-67=143, his first MC at the Heritage since 2004.

The 40-year-old was No. 96 in OWGR this time last year when he finished solo 2nd, his fifth runner-up in 12 attempts, second straight. Since 1934, he's one of six players to finish runner-up five times in the same tourney. Only Jack Nicklaus (7, RBC Canadian Open) and Phil Mickelson (6, U.S. Open ) have more during that time span. Dating to the 2009 edition, the Jupiter, Florida, resident has recorded 32 of 36 rounds at par or better and 27 of those in the red. He's a five-time winner on TOUR in 337 events, most recently at the 2012 Valspar, 122 starts ago. The Englishman's last top 10 on TOUR was this event last year, and had two top 10s the season prior, both runners-up, with one of those here. In each of those, he was a course-form play instead of current-form play, as is the case this week. Last year's runner-up was the Northwestern alum's only top 10 in 18 events.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 11 - 5:50 PM

Luke Donald steadied a bogey-free, 1-under-par 35-35=70 during the opening round of the Valspar Championship, good for a share of ninth place on the live leaderboard.

The Englishman put on a clinic today, teaching a lesson in saving par. Splitting seven (of 13) fairways and landing 10 greens, it wasn't his ball-striking that did the job today. Instead, he rolled in eight par-savers from outside six feet, including a 25'8" par-saver at the sixth hole. On the day, Donald had just four scoring chances from inside 15 feet. This is Donald's first fast start for quite some time, positioning himself inside the top 30 after R1 for the first time since the RBC Heritage, 11 months ago. Innisbrook Resort has been a happy hunting ground for the Englishman, winning the 2012 edition on top of three other top-6 finishes. Last year was the first time he's missed the cut at the Valspar in nine tries.
Mar 8 - 2:49 PM

Past champ and World No. 171 Luke Donald is in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for The Honda Classic and checks in at 175th in the FedExCup standings. UPDATE: Donald missed the cut by five on 10-over 76-74=150.

The Jupiter, Florida, resident won in 2006 at the par-72 CC at Mirasol -- also in Palm Beach Gardens -- and was runner-up here at PGA National in 2008. Overall, he's 10-for-10 with six top 25s and five top 10s, and ranks 2nd in career earnings at the event behind two-time champ Padraig Harrington. The Northwestern alum is 2-for-5 on the season with a best of T32 at the Shriners (season debut), adding a T37 at last week's Genesis (71-72-72-68). He's not been in the top 10 after any round since finishing 2nd at the 2017 RBC Heritage last April.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 21 - 3:46 PM

World No. 144 Luke Donald prepares for his 10th Sony Open in Hawaii, though he's played the event just twice in the last seven years, most recently a T28 in 2016. UPDATE: Donald missed the cut by one at 1-under 72-67=139.

This is the 331st career TOUR event for the five-time TOUR winner, last tasting victory 116 starts ago at the 2012 Transitions (now Valspar) Championship in a four-man playoff. He finished a career-tying-worst 105th in the FedExCup standings last season (tied-2008), with one top 10 among seven cashes in 18 starts, a solo 2nd at the RBC Heritage where he was a 36-hole co-leader. The 40-year-old has made just one start this season, a T32 at the Shriners 10 weeks ago. He's 7-for-9 at the Sony with five top 25s and one top 10, a T2 in 2007 where he led after 18 holes and co-led after 36. In 32 rounds at the par-70 Waialae CC, Donald's put 23 in the red with a 68.44 scoring average.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 10 - 12:59 PM

Prior to his opening tee time, Luke Donald has withdrawn from the field at this week's RSM Classic, giving a spot to first alternate Mark Wilson. UPDATE: Donald updated his fans on social media, citing a scare with chest pains that forced him to WD. After a days worth of testing at the hospital he was given the all clear.

The Englishman did not cite a reason for WD but less than 24 hours ago he posted the following on his social media channels, "Last event of the year this week here in Sea Island at @TheRSMClassic - let’s make it a good one!" We will update if any further news comes out. Donald was coming off a T32 in his latest start (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open). UPDATE: Donald updated his fans on social media, citing a scare with chest pains that forced him to WD. After a days worth of testing at the hospital he was given the all clear.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 10:13:00 AM

Luke Donald will make his very first professional appearance in the country when he plays the Italian Open at the Golf Club Milano in Parco Reale di Monza.

It might be his first time, but the Englishman ought, at least in theory, be a fine fit for this week's challenge. Few players thrive on the tight, tree-lined challenge of Harbour Town like Donald and although this week's venue has very different surroundings (inland rather than by the sea) it resembles the close test of encroaching trees. He also arrives knowing he's playing rather well after he was T7 in last week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, thanks largely to a very fine 66 in round three. It was only his second top ten of the year and the other? T2 at Harbour Town, further highlighting his suitability for this week.
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 08:08:00 AM

Luke Donald is poised to end his 2017 horror run of form at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after his third round of 6-under-par 33-33=66 at Kingsbarns left him T4 on 10-under 206.

Barring a complete disaster for the leader Tyrrell Hatton (18-under) and second placed Gregory Bourdy (13-under), Donald might have to wait a while for his comeback win (he last lifted a trophy nearly four years ago in Japan). But since he was second in The Heritage at Harbour Town in April he is just 4-for-12 with a best of T49 in The Northern Trust so this week's upturn is extremely welcome. He had opened the week with a pair of 70s at Carnoustie and St Andrews, but caught fire in the most southerly of the courses. Starting on the back nine he ticked 13, 16 and 17 before tripping up on the par-4 first with bogey. But a magnificent run of four ticked holes in five holes (at 4, 5, 6 and 8) changed the tone of his day and week.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 01:50:00 PM

After being eliminated from the FedExCup Playoffs after just one event, Luke Donald heads back to the European Tour to contest this week's Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

Since finishing runner-up at The Heritage in April, the Englishman's season has nosedived. He missed eight straight cuts on the PGA TOUR and T49 at the Northern Trust wasn't enough for him to advance. However, life isn't all bad. With his season in America now over, Donald returns to the beautiful surroundings of the Swiss Alps to play a tournament which he won back in 2004. The 39-year-old returned the following year to finish fourth but he's not played it since deciding to concentrate fully on the PGA TOUR. Finishing second at Hilton Head shows he can still thrive on shorter tracks where he's done well before and Crans-sur-Sierre, which measures in at less than 7,000 yards, is another such example. Former World No. 1 could be a sneaky pick this week.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 12:23:00 PM

Luke Donald sets his eyes on a 7,600-yard Quail Hollow Club ahead of this week's PGA Championship.

The Englishman has played Quail Hollow six times in the past, finishing T15 in 2004 but everything else falling outside the top 70. Course changes ahead of this week's event have lengthened the course by 25 yards, surely not in favor of a shorter hitter like Donald. Still, his elite short game often keeps him hanging around on leaderboards. Looking at Donald's track record at the PGA Championship, he is 10-for-13 with a pair of top 10s to his credit.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 01:11:00 PM

Luke Donald is a two-time winner of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and heads back to his homeland again to contest this year's edition.

The Englishman beat Lee Westwood in a playoff in 2011 to take the title and move to World No. 1 and he made a successful defense 12 months later, this time by four shots, to return to the top of the rankings. His good play doesn't end there as he also made the top three in the European Tour's flagship event in 2008, 2010 and 2014. He'll start this year as the World No. 77 but he's shown sparks of good form in 2017. Notably, his best performance came at another venue where he's a course as he finished second at last month's RBC Heritage for the fifth time. Despite the course changes this year, Donald could be a shrewd choice to get himself on the leaderboard at Wentworth yet again.
Wed, May 24, 2017 08:03:00 AM

Second-round co-leader and World No. 96 Luke Donald rallied for a 3-under-par 36-32=68 in the final round of the RBC Heritage to reach 12-under 272, up four places to solo 2nd, one adrift of champion Wesley Bryan, who shot 67 one group behind him.

This was the 39-year-old's 12th appearance, seventh top 10 and fifth runner-up, second consecutive. It's his 16th second-place finish in 320 career events (315 pro), first this season in nine starts and first since the 2016 Wyndham. After opening in 65-67, the Englishman co-led, dipping to T6 after a third-round 72, four shy of leader Jason Dufner. He found nine (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 1.385 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 2.189 around-the-greens, the tourney-leader in the latter at 6.267. Donald ate double bogey-7 at the second, but turned even with birdies at 5 and 9. He holed out from a greenside bunker (75'0" away) for birdie-3 at 11, adding two final circles at 13 and 14. Donald drops to 0-for-9 as 36-hole leader/co-leader.
Sun, Apr 16, 2017 06:16:00 PM

Overnight co-leader and World No. 96 Luke Donald spun his wheels in today's third round of the RBC Heritage, dropping five spots to T6 on 9-under 204 after a 1-over-par 36-36=72, now four behind 54-hole leader Jason Dufner, who took command with 65.

After kicking off in 65-67, the 39-year-old co-led with Graham DeLaet. Playing out of the final twosome, he landed eight (of 14) fairways but just five greens in regulation, losing 1.095 strokes off-the-tee and 3.639 approaching-the-green. The Northwestern alum salvaged some face with a 2.161 in SG: Around-the-Green and 0.978 SG: Putting. He saved par at the first from 14'7", slopped to a 1-putt bogey-6 at the second, before getting one back at the par-5 fifth (from 5'11"), his only birdie on the round. The Englishman had one other par-breaker try from inside of 10 feet, missing from 9'4" at the 10th, and completed his scoring with bogey-5 at 12, unable to drop the par-saver from 4'11".
Sat, Apr 15, 2017 06:13:00 PM

World No. 96 Luke Donald styled a 4-under-par 33-34=67 on Day 2 of the RBC Heritage to reach halftime on 10-under 132, tying Graham DeLaet for the 36-hole lead.

Technically, play is still in progress but no one left on the course from the PM wave is going to catch the duo at the top. Donald, a four-time runner-up at the RBC, continued his love affair with Harbour Town Golf Links through two laps. He was the early clubhouse leader in R1, eventually beginning in a two-way T2, two back of Bud Cauley. The 39-year-old conjured seven (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, recording 1.636 putts per GIR and 1.972 SG: Putting. He squared a lone bogey-5 at 11 (failed scramble), camouflaged by four conventional birdies, including three straight on holes 4-6, adding a pitch-in 3 at the 18th from 42'7" away. Donald was T4 thru 36 last year (66-71) and 54-hole leader after 69, settling for T2 with a closing 71.
Fri, Apr 14, 2017 05:36:00 PM