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Luke Donald
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Personal information
Full name Luke Campbell Donald
Born 7 December 1977 (1977-12-07) (age 32)
Hemel Hempstead, Herts
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 161 lb (73 kg; 11.5 st)
Nationality  England
Residence Evanston, Illinois;
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK;
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Spouse Diane Antonopoulos
Career
College Northwestern University
Turned professional 2001
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 2001)
European Tour (joined 2003)
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
European Tour 2
Best results in Major Championships
The Masters T3: 2005
U.S. Open T12: 2006
Open Championship T5: 2009
PGA Championship T3: 2006
Achievements and awards
Fred Haskins Award 1999

Luke Campbell Donald (born 7 December 1977) is an English golfer who plays mainly on the U.S. based PGA Tour but, is also a member of the European Tour. In 2006 he reached the top ten in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career. In January 2007, he reached a career high ranking of 7, and was briefly the highest ranked European golfer. He has spent over 50 weeks in the top-10.[1]

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Biography

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Early years

Although his father is from Stranraer in southwest Scotland,[2] Donald was born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Luke Donald and his brother Christian played junior golf at Hazlemere and Beaconsfield Golf Clubs. Christian now caddies for Luke. Luke was the club champion of Beaconsfield twice, winning the championship first at the age of 15. He attended the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe.

Collegiate career

Coming from England, Donald didn't know much about the collegiate recruiting process, so he joined College Prospects of America — a service that created a résumé for him and sent it to all the major colleges and universities in the United States. Several coaches responded, including Wally Goodwin at Stanford University. Donald didn't know much about Stanford, except: "that's where Tiger Woods went." Goodwin recruited Donald to join his golf squad, but when Donald was not admitted to the university, Goodwin turned to Jeff Mory.[3]

Donald subsequently took a golf scholarship at Northwestern University in 1997, where he studied art theory and practice, and became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. His golf coach at Northwestern University was Pat Goss. [4] He won the individual NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships men's title in 1999, beating the scoring record formerly held by Tiger Woods.

Professional career

Donald turned professional in 2001. The following year he won the rain-shortened Southern Farm Bureau Classic - becoming only the 11th rookie in PGA Tour history to earn more than $1 million in his first season.[5]

In 2004 he won the Omega European Masters and the Scandinavian Masters on the European Tour. In the same year he was a member of the victorious European Ryder Cup team and also won the WGC-World Cup for England in partnership with Paul Casey. By early 2005 he was in the top twenty of the Official World Golf Rankings and his win in the 2006 Honda Classic moved him into the top ten for the first time. Soon afterwards he moved up to ninth and in January 2007 he moved up to seventh in the world.

Donald, along with Tom Watson, was one of two players to play with Jack Nicklaus in the final two rounds of golf in his career, at the 2005 Open Championship at Old Course at St Andrews.[6]

Donald won his singles match, 2&1 against Chad Campbell in the 36th Ryder Cup to help ensure Europe win the trophy for a third successive time. Donald took part in 3 matches and won them all. He also won in the foursomes twice, with Sergio García.

Donald has amassed career earnings on the PGA Tour of over $14,000,000.[7]

Sponsorship

Luke Donald signed with sports management company IMG in 2003. Donald is also sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, whose sponsorship includes mentoring sessions with Jack Nicklaus who is also sponsored by RBS. He also has a multi-year contract with Mizuno Corp. As part of this sponsorship Luke plays with Mizuno Fairway Woods, Irons and Wedges. Luke also carries a Mizuno Bag, Headcovers and Umbrella. Luke also wears his trademark Mizuno visor as part of his sponsorship. It has been reported that he receives $1 million just for wearing his Mizuno visor, and this could quadruple if he wins a major event such as the Masters.[8][9] Luke Donald also has a sponsorship deal with Footjoy, who supply his shoes.

Polo Ralph Lauren announced, in February 2007, that Luke Donald has signed a new multi-year contract with the luxury apparel company. Luke will continue to serve as a brand ambassador for Polo Ralph Lauren worldwide for the RLX Golf range. With this exclusive sponsorship, Luke will continue to wear clothing from the RLX collection and will be featured in its advertising campaign. Polo Ralph Lauren has been the exclusive apparel sponsor of Donald since 2002.

Equipment

  • Driver - Titleist 909D2 (9.5°) | Fujikura Z-COM Six shaft-Golf Pride | New Decade MultiCompound Blue Grip
  • 3-Wood - Tour Edge Exotics CB2 (15°) | Accra Avix XC 75 X shaft | Golf Pride New Decade MultiCompound Blue Grip
  • Hybrid - Mizuno CLK fli-Hi (17°) | Aldila NV 85 X shaft | Golf Pride New Decade MultiCompound Blue Grip
  • Irons - Mizuno MP-62 (3-PW) | True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts | Golf Pride New Decade MultiCompound Blue Grip
  • Wedges - Mizuno MP (54°, 60°) | True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 shafts | Golf Pride New Decade MultiCompound Blue Grip
  • Putter - Odyssey White Hot XG #7 | Black Series Grip
  • Ball - Titleist Pro V1x
  • Ball Mark - A Red dot between the Titleist and the number
  • Glove - Mizuno Skintite
  • Bag - Mizuno Tour

Personal life

Donald met his future wife, Diane Antonopoulos from Chicago, during his college years at Northwestern University.[10] He proposed in June 2006, and the couple married on 24 June 2007 on Santorini, the Greek.[11][12] Donald's longstanding interest in art is well documented. An amateur artist himself, he enjoys painting and drawing when not on tour.[13]

In 2002, one of his oil paintings was auctioned by the PGA Tour for charity.[14] Luke and Diane Donald are also avid collectors of contemporary art.[15] The couple have homes in: High Wycombe; a luxury condo located in Evanston, Illinois;[16] and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.[17]

Amateur wins

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (6)

PGA Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 2 Nov 2002 Southern Farm Bureau Classic -15 (66-67-68=201) 1 stroke South Africa Deane Pappas
2 12 Mar 2006 Honda Classic -12 (72-67-68-69=276) 2 strokes Australia Geoff Ogilvy

European Tour wins (2)

Other wins (2)

Results in major championships

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T3 T42 T10 CUT T38
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP T18 DNP DNP T57 T12 CUT WD CUT
The Open Championship CUT CUT DNP CUT CUT CUT T52 T35 T63 DNP T5
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T23 T24 T66 T3 T23 DNP T43

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = Missed the cut
"T" = Tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Results in World Golf Championship events

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP R16 R16 R32 R32
CA Championship T11 T11 T6 T26 T20
Bridgestone Invitational T16 T6 T8 T22 DNP
Tournament 2009 2010
Accenture Match Play Championship R16 R16
CA Championship T20 T26
Bridgestone Invitational T45
HSBC Champions DNP

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Career earnings by year

Year PGA Tour[7] Rank European Tour[18]
2001 $80,747
2002 $1,088,205 58 €76,877†
2003 $705,121 90 €165,079
2004 $1,646,268 35 €1,037,279
2005 $2,480,562 17 €1,397,385
2006 $3,177,408 9 €1,658,060
2007 $2,190,053 29 €775,093
2008 $1,456,650 67 €407,962†
2009* $2,174,947 33 €617,649
Total $14,999,961 49* €6,136,362

*As of end of the 2009 seasons.
†Non-member earnings.

Team appearances

Amateur

Professional

References

External links


Simple English

Luke Donald is a British golfer. He is from England. He turned pro in 2001. He went to Northwestern University.

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