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

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Luke Donald has escaped brilliantly at the Valspar Championship, reaching the halfway point in 2-under-par 72-68=140 to sit just four strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Donald has been vintage thus far. He's created only 18 scoring opportunities, but has circled 10 birdies to cover six bogeys and a double. In today's trot around Copperhead, he went 8-for-10 in scrambling for two bogeys, but rolled in a pair of par saves from just outside 10 feet at Nos. 16 and 5. Three of his birdies were hole-outs from off greens. He chipped in from the rough six yards away at the par-5 14th, jarred a bunker shot from 24 yards at the par-3 17th and converted an eight-yarder from the fringe at the par-4 18th, his ninth hole of the day. At last check, his strokes gained: tee-to-green in the second round measured 3.843. Despite the imprecision on approach and overall substandard form of late, his success at Copperhead is hardly surprising. Donald won this tournament in 2012 and hasn't finished worse than T6 in his last four trips. Mar 13 - 2:17 PM

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Luke Donald fulfilled the faithful and posted 3-under-par 277 at The Honda Classic to secure a top 10.

It's uncanny, even for a horse for a course. Donald arrived at PGA National having missed three consecutive cuts this year. His only payday was a T51 at the Sony Open. However, he hasn't finished worse than T10 at the Honda in his last three trips. In the finale, he found all 14 fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation. While a bogey at the par-3 17th hole where he fanned a three-footer for par stung, he preceded it with four birdies. That set featured conversions from 25'1" and 20'3" at Nos. 12 and 16, respectively. The Englishman will attempt to parlay this success into another strong performance at Trump National Doral later in the week. Donald placed T25 in the redesign's debut last year.
Mar 2 - 11:02 AM

Luke Donald arrived at the midpoint of The Honda Classic in 4-under-par 69-67=136 to assume outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

His ownership of the clubhouse lead won't last long, but it's certainly much more than on which he's been able to hang his hat in 2015. Donald entered the week having cashed in just one of four starts, and that was a T51 at the Sony Open. Thus far at PGA National, he's hit just 21 greens in regulation, but the short-game wizard has limited the negative to only three bogeys. Today, he hit 10 GIR and squared two bogeys, but rolled in five birdies. Three of those ranged 24-27 feet. He also poured in par saves from 13 feet and 10'10" at Nos. 6 and 9, respectively. Even though scoring has been challenging and Donald's form was uninspiring, PGA National has been his friend over the years. For his patient owners, it's been a superb reunion thus far.
Feb 27 - 4:14 PM

Luke Donald has finished inside the top six on three occasions at the Northern Trust Open, and is back in Pacific Palisades, California this week.

Donald is the classic case of current form versus past history. With a runner-up finish in 2010 not that far in the past and a T16 as recently as last year, there is a lot for course history buffs to like. The problem is his form. The Englishman has missed his last two cuts, and his best finish in four starts on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season was a T41 in the no-cut WGC-HSBC Champions.
Feb 16 - 8:35 PM

Luke Donald finished third at last month's Nedbank Golf Challenge and now preps for this week's Sony Open in Hawaii.

Donald has a familiar face by his side entering 2015, reuniting with former swing coach, Pat Goss. It was a disappointing 2013-14 season which landed the Englishman at 89th in the final FedExCup standings. Donald finished runner-up here in 2007 but hasn't played it since 2010. All arrows are pointing up for the former No. 1 golfer in the world.
Jan 14 - 8:35 PM

Luke Donald is ranked 37th in the Official World Golf Ranking after earning a share of 26th place at last week's DP World Tour Championship.

The Englishman has been on the slow and steady decline since his fall from number one in August of 2012. He finished T41 in his only Fall Series appearance, at the no-cut WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai. Donald's putter remains his key asset, but he ranked just 83rd in strokes gained: tee-to-green last season. If the old adage of class is permanent holds true, look for Donald to rise back up the ranks before long.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 08:26:00 PM

Luke Donald took home a piece of third place at the 2010 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and makes his way back this week for another crack at Sheshan International.

The Englishman signed for a T31 in his return to Sheshan International last year, but that 2010 podium finish is what gives us confidence his ability to navigate the course. Donald will be making his first start since the Deutsche Bank Championship, so a little rust would not be too surprising. After missing out on the 2014 Ryder Cup squad, Donald could have a new sense of urgency to climb back to the top. Keep a keen eye on him early in the season and strike if the iron gets hot.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 08:31:00 AM

Luke Donald stumbles into TPC Boston for his eighth appearance at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

The Englishman is struggling to find his form ahead of this week's event. After opening the season with six top 35s in his first seven stroke-play events, he's gone eight straight PGA TOUR events without another. Donald enters the week ranked 80th in the FedExCup standings, and will need a big week to move onto the BMW Championship and also to impress Ryder Cup captain, Paul McGinley. Class is permanent and motivation is high, making Donald an interesting off-the-radar pick for gamers this week.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 08:58:00 AM

Luke Donald tied for 35th in The Open Championship at Hoylake in 2006 and is back in the field this week.

Donald is a native of England, but his history in this championship is a bit spotty. He missed his first five cuts in this event, and has missed two of his last three. He had a nice run from 2005-2010, where he made each of his five cuts. While there has been some famine for the Brit, the feasts have arrive in the form of two top-five finishes as well. All of this paints an unpredictable picture for this week.
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 09:51:00 PM

Luke Donald tied for 57th at Pinehurst No. 2 in the 2005 U.S. Open and returns this week.

Donald's U.S. Open history includes seven paydays in 10 tries, with his lone top 10 a T8 last year at Merion. Digging deeper, the majority of his success has come on some of the smaller layouts. The 7,562 yard Pinehurst No. 2 could prove a little too much for Donald to handle. He missed the cut at Oakmont and Bethpage Black in 2007 and 2009, while withdrawing after a third-round 77 at Torrey Pines in 2008 in some of the longer U.S. Open venues on file.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 09:24:00 AM

Luke Donald will have a crack at Muirfield Village in his 10th start at this week's Memorial Tournament.

Donald is no stranger to success at Muirfield Village, boasting a 9-for-10 record with four top-15 finishes. Last week, the Englishman fell two strokes shy of forcing a playoff with Rory McIlroy at the BMW PGA Championship. This is a case of good form uniting with strong course history, making Donald a great option for gamers in all formats.
Tue, May 27, 2014 11:19:00 AM

Overnight leader Luke Donald carded a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in the final round of the RBC Heritage to post 10-under 274, one stroke higher than champion Matt Kuchar.

Donald's problems came off the tee today as he split just eight (of 14) fairways, and errant tee shots led to penalties on both the sixth and 10th holes. His consolation is a runner-up goes in the books as his fifth top-three finish at Harbour Town in the last six years.
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 06:06:00 PM

Luke Donald blitzed Harbour Town Golf Links for a 5-under-par 35-31=66 in the third round of the RBC Heritage and enjoys a two-stroke lead over John Huh with 18 holes to play.

Donald got things started early with a 23'2" eagle on the par-5 second, but alternated two birdies with three bogeys on the rest of his front nine. He was blemish-free on the back, gathering four more birdies on his way to the clubhouse. In addition to the eagle, he had three other birdie conversions from between 14 and 20 feet. His irons were on point, landing 14 GIR for the second consecutive round, and he is tied for second with 72.2 percent for the week. The Englishman has experienced no shortage of success in his recent visits to Hilton Head Island. He's cracked the top three in four of his last five attempts to slip on the tartan jacket, but has yet to emerge with a win.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 07:16:00 PM

Luke Donald is 3-under-par 70-69=139 at the midpoint of the RBC Heritage, just two strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Here he goes again. It doesn't matter how he's playing upon arrival at Harbour Town, he almost always contends. Since 2009, he has a P2, a T2 and two T3s. Today he went 3-for-4 in scrambling and buried three birdies, including runs of 14'2" and 16'5" at Nos. 15 and 17, respectively.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 02:02:00 PM

Luke Donald will have another crack at Harbour Town Golf Links during this week's RBC Heritage.

Donald fits the mold of a course horse at Harbour Town. The Englishman has entered the final round inside the top 15 on four separate occasions. The result has been four finishes inside the top 3, but zero victories. Coming into the week ranked 3rd in scrambling, you have to like his chances yet again.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 01:28:00 PM