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Luke Donald

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

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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. Jan 10 - 12:59 PM

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Prior to his opening tee time, Luke Donald has withdrawn from the field at this week's RSM Classic, giving a spot to first alternate Mark Wilson.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.
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

Course horse Luke Donald is showing a high level of comfort again at Harbour Town Golf Links, styling a 6-under-par 33-32=65 during round one to claim the early clubhouse lead. UPDATE: Donald would later get passed by Bud Cauley who shot a bogey-free, 8-under 63.

The Englishman arrived with six podium finishes over his last eight RBC Heritage appearances. Despite all the stellar finishes, 2016 was the first time he positioned himself inside the top 5 after day one. Last year he shared the lead after day one en route to a T2 finish. Today was loaded with tee-to-green highlights as he gained 4.162 strokes approaching-the-green on his round. A good chunk of that came at the par-5 second hole where he stuck his 208-yard approach to 3'10" for a tap-in eagle. He also wedged a 124-yard approach to just 2'5" at the par-4 12th. Of course it wouldn't be a true Luke Donald round if he didn't showcase some flat-stick fireworks. The big one today came at the par-5 18th hole, draining a 28'10" birdie putt just before making the turn. The 39-year-old didn't have the best form entering the week, but his comfort level at Harbour Town GL makes him a strong threat to keep his name in the mix as the week goes on.
Thu, Apr 13, 2017 01:17:00 PM

Luke Donald breezed through PGA National's Champion Course in round two of The Honda Classic, styling a 3-under-par 35-32=67 to reach 4-under 136 after 36 holes.

The Englishman started on the 10th tee today and made an early scoring splash at the par-4 12th when he holed out from 161 yards for eagle. Donald followed it up at the 13th by sticking his 106-yard wedge approach to 2'5" for a tap-in birdie. After that, he traded a bogey at 2 with a birdie at 4 to coast home without much drama. Donald is no stranger to success at this event. Playing his 10th edition of the Honda, this will be the eighth time he's positioned himself inside the top 20 at the midpoint.
Fri, Feb 24, 2017 12:30:00 PM

Playing Spyglass Hill Golf Course, World No. 97 Luke Donald painted a 7-under-par 32-33=65 in the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to post 6-under 209, up 57 places on the live leaderboard to 15th place and good for the low round in the clubhouse. UPDATE: With play completed, Donald's 65 tied the low round with 54-hole leader Jordan Spieth, who shot 7-under 65 on Pebble Beach Golf Links.

The 39-year-old is making his eighth appearance and improves to 6-for-8. He has four top 25s with a T7 a lone top 10 in 2006, highlighted by a career-low 62 in R1 on the same track he played today. The Northwestern alum kicked off with 3-over 75 (Pebble Beach Golf Links) and chased with 2-under 69 at Monterey Peninsula CC. In R3, he found nine (of 14) fairways and pelted 16 greens in regulation, circling eight birdies, including four birdie-2s, against a lone bogey-5 at 16.
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 08:16:00 PM

Luke Donald makes his way back to Scottsdale, Arizona, for his sixth appearance at this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The Englishman has been dormant since a T36 at The RSM Classic to close out his fall schedule. Nearly three months later he is returning to action. It's been a long time since Donald made a stop at TPC Scottsdale, posting a 3-for-5 record that includes a pair of top 25s. However, all five starts came prior to 2010. Gamers may want to avoid Donald this week but keep a watchful eye on him as he shakes off the competitive rust. The previous World No. 1 is without a win on the PGA TOUR since the 2012 Transitions Championship.
Tue, Jan 31, 2017 11:12:00 AM

Luke Donald rings in the new year ranked 81st in the Official World Golf Rankings.

The Englishman was No. 1 in the World as recent as August of 2012, but it's been a slow slide down the totem pole since then. On the bright side, it hasn't been a complete collapse as he still finds himself inside the top 100. Donald also finished inside the top 100 (58th) in the FedExCup standings last season. That included a pair of runner-up finishes. To open the new season he is 1-for-2 with a missed cut at the OHL Classic followed up by a T36 at The RSM Classic. Looking ahead to 2017, gamers should continue to target the Englishman on any course that doesn't force you to pipe driver down every fairway (shorter, tighter tracks).
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 12:57:00 PM