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Luke Donald

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (39) / 12/7/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 160

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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. Feb 24 - 12:30 PM

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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.
Feb 11 - 8:16 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.
Jan 31 - 11:12 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

Luke Donald will host the British Masters field this week at The Grove in Hertfordshire, England.

Twelve months ago Donald made his debut in this event and marked it with a solid T5 at Woburn GC. It was not a surprising result, however, because he is 18-for-21 in his home country, with a log book that includes 13 top 25 finishes, including 11 top tens and back-to-back victories in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in 2011 and 12. The news gets better: back in 2006 he finished T6 in the WGC American Express Championship here at The Grove. If all that sounds splendid, the bad news is that the former world number one has recorded just two top ten finishes this season (both T2, at Harbour Town and Sedgefield). The big question is how much off-the-course activities distract him this week.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 03:38:00 PM

After a two-year hiatus, world No. 65 Luke Donald returns to the BMW Championship and slots in at 60th in the FedExCup standings.

The Northwestern alum is making his seventh overall appearance in the penultimate Playoffs event, first since T4 in 2013 (Conway Farms GC). He played the 2012 edition at this week's venue, the par-72 Crooked Stick GC in Carmel, Indiana, finishing T28 (66-72-72-71) as the world's second-ranked player. The 38-year-old advanced to the TOUR Championship five straight times between 2009-13, but it's been a struggle to return to the elite level once enjoyed. He arrives off uninspiring results of T53 (Barclays) and T65 (Deutsche Bank), after finishing solo second at the Wyndham. Donald has just two top 10s this season in 22 starts but both are runner-up finishes (RBC Heritage).
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 04:21:00 PM

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.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 08:09:00 PM

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.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 06:00:00 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.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 06:17:00 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.
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 12:51:00 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.
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 07:33:00 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.
Tue, Jul 5, 2016 04:19:00 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.
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 10:27:00 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.
Thu, Jun 2, 2016 06:51:00 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.
Thu, May 26, 2016 08:28:00 AM