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Luke Donald

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

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Luke Donald fashioned a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in the weather-delayed final round of the Wyndham Championship to wrap his fifth appearance on 16-under 264, up one spot to solo second, five in arrears to champion Si Woo Kim.
The 38-year-old's runner-up is his 15th in 308 career events (303 as a pro), and second this season, joining a T2 at the RBC Heritage, his ONLY other top 10 in 2015-16. He was chasing his sixth PGA TOUR title, first since the 2012 Transitions Championship. The Englishman began the final round in a three-way T3 on 13-under, five back of 54-hole leader Kim. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he mustered just six (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, circling five birdies against two bogeys (failed scrambles). For the week, he was 74th (of 75) in SG: Off-the-Tee (-3.403), but was No. 1 in SG: Approach-the-Green with a dizzying 14.004. The Englishman connected four red numbers for the first time this season (20 starts), and first time since a previous-best T26 here LAST YEAR. Aug 21 - 8:09 PM

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Luke Donald enjoyed a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-31=64 in the third round of the Wyndham Championship to post 13-under 197, up three places to T4, five back of 54-hole leader Si Woo Kim.

For a second straight lap, the 38-year-old peppered 15 greens in regulation but improved drastically from 1.933 putts per GIR to 1.667, circling six birdies, all from inside of 15 feet. His SG: Putting was lagging a bit however, signing his card for a mediocre 0.291 SGP. The Englishman missed two birdie tries from inside of nine feet and also missed eagle from 6'4" at the par-5 fifth, settling for a two-putt birdie. He gained 4.764 strokes approaching-the-green, and is leading that stat with a cumulative (and staggering) 12.744.
Aug 20 - 6:00 PM

Luke Donald patched together a 2-under-par 33-35=68 in the second round of the Wyndham Championship to post 7-under 133, down four places on the live leaderboard to T7.

The 38-year-old won "Vacations for Life" courtesy of title sponsor Wyndham for his hole-in-one in R1. He aced the 163-yard par-3 16th (9-iron), his first HIO on the PGA TOUR in his 1,043rd career round. The Englishman went off No. 10 tee in R2 and circled birdie-4s on the two par 5s, both from inside of five feet and added a 4'10" birdie on the par-4 ninth. His lone bogey was a 3-putt from 28'4" on the par-4 10th. Donald split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.933 putts per GIR and a dismal -2.629 SG: Putting. He missed four birdie tries from inside of nine feet.
Aug 19 - 6:17 PM

Luke Donald fired a 5-under-par 34-31=65 that included an ace, kicking off his week in style at the Wyndham Championship.

The Englishman traded two birdies and a bogey on the outward nine and the round was looking rather pedestrian as he remained at 1-under through 13. From there he stuck his 209-yard approach to 3'3" for a tap-in birdie at the par-4 14th. He rinsed his tee ball at the par-5 15th but still managed a par. Donald bounced back nicely by holing his tee shot at the 175-yard, par-3 16th. This goes in the books as the 28th hole-in-one of the PGA TOUR season. Playing his 13th round at Sedgefield Country Club, this is also Donald's lowest round posted here, with his previous best being 3-under 67 during R2 and R3 last year.
Aug 18 - 12:51 PM

Luke Donald prepares for his second Travelers Championship and arrives in Cromwell, Connecticut, at 90th in the FedExCup standings.

The 38-year-old has carved out a good career on Pete Dye designs alone, continuing his love affair with T2 at Harbour Town Golf Links in mid-April. But, that was four months ago (eight starts) and is his only top 10 this season in 18 events. If ever there's a venue for him to notch his second top 10, it's the 6,841-yard TPC River Highlands, where he finished T7 on debut last year (68-68-67-66). Donald's short game continues to be strong, ranking 3rd on TOUR in SG: Around-the-Green, but he's consistently behind the eight ball at 185th in SG: Off-the-Tee and 192nd in Total Driving.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 3 - 7:33 PM

2011 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open champion Luke Donald returns to Castle Stuart Golf Links this week, the scene of his victory 5 years ago.

When he finished T2 at his favored Harbour Town in April, and backed it up with T13 a week later in the Texas Open, it seemed his season was due to move through the gears. He needed it because 8 starts had failed to reap one top 20, lean times for the former world number one. But the purple patch didn’t last long, as he soon returned to middling ways: he is 4-for-6 since Texas, but with nothing better than T27. Will Castle Stuart give Luke a boost? He was a winner here in 2011, closing with a 63 in a shortened 54-hole event. Twelve months later he was T6 at halfway before finishing T16. Can he buck the form trend though? In 2010 and 2011 he finished T11 or better in 12 of 13 starts on the regular European Tour (not counting WGC or American majors). Since January 2014 he’s done that just 4 from 17. He has, however, missed the cut just once in that time frame.
Jul 5 - 4:19 AM

Luke Donald secured a spot at next week's U.S. Open via the sectional qualifier in Powell, Ohio, and then proceeded to withdraw from this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic.

The Englishman earned his way through sectionals for the second straight year. Last year he was able to earn his way on his home course at The Bears Club. This time around, he played at Wedgewood and Kinsale, signing for rounds of 5-under-par 68-69=137 on Monday and returned this morning to battle in a 6-for-5 playoff. This will be his 12th straight U.S. Open appearance and he owns just two top 40s at the U.S. Open over that stretch. His game is showing signs of a revival, but that's a topic for next week as he's now skipping his trip to Memphis.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 7 - 10:27 AM

Luke Donald styled a 5-under-par 31-36=67 to open his week at the Memorial, placing him just three shots off the pace set by Dustin Johnson.

The Englishman was in great position to score all day, striping 13 (of 14) fairways and pelting 14 greens in regulation. His putter made some clutch putts when needed, but he didn't hole anything from outside 13'4", making just two putts from outside 7'3". Donald arrived with an impressive 9-for-10 track record at Muirfield Village that includes four top 15s. If he keeps smothering fairways he could add a fifth to his resume.
Jun 2 - 6:51 PM

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

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