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Luke Donald

  • Birthplace: Hemel Hempstead, England
  • Residence: Chicago, IL
  • Birth Date: December 7, 1977
  • height: 5-9
  • Turned Pro: 2001

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PGA TOUR Victories

(2) 2002,Southern Farm Bureau Classic. 2006,The Honda Classic.

International Victories

(2): 2004 Scandinavian Masters [Eur], Omega European Masters [Eur].

Other Victories

(2): 2004 World Cup [with Paul Casey]. 2005 Target World Challenge.

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$1,796,910 (27)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

T2-- Verizon Heritage. T5-- British Open Championship. T6-- Northern Trust Open. T7-- Buick Invitational. T9-- World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

PGA TOUR Best Round

64 at Round 1, the Memorial Tournament.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Steady start to his season after wrist surgery in 2008, with top-25 finishes at the Sony Open in Hawaii (T23), FBR Open (T25) and a T7 at the Buick Invitational, where he ranked No. 1 in Sand Saves (7 for 7)...Posted his second top-10 finish of the season at the Northern Trust Open (T6), where he was one of four players to record all four rounds in the 60s. It represented his fourth top-15 finish at the tournament in the last five years...Finished T9 after conceding his third-round match to Ernie Els at the Accenture Match Play Championship when he re-injured his wrist during the match...Closed with weekend rounds of 65-66 (matched only by champion Brian Gay) to finish T2 and 10 strokes back at the Verizon Heritage. It was the seventh runner-up finish of his career...Finished two shots back of winner Stewart Cink in T5 at the British Open with a final-round 67, one of five players to shoot the final-round low that day. It marked his career-best finish at the British Open in nine starts and his best finish in a major championship since a T3 at the 2006 PGA Championship.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Southern Farm Bureau Classic, The Honda Classic.

2008 Season Highlights

Season cut short after undergoing surgery on his left wrist on Aug. 11 to repair a tendon injury. Still managed to surpass $1 million in earnings for the fifth consecutive season, finishing the season No. 67 on the money list...Posted three top-10 finishes in just 11 starts, beginning with T3 at the Northern Trust Open in his first outing of the season, finishing five behind winner Phil Mickelson...Held the 18-hole lead and a share of the 54-hole lead at The Honda Classic before losing to Ernie Els by one stroke. Narrowly missed his chance to tie Els at the 72nd hole when his chip from the fringe slid past the hole...Finished T6 at the Memorial Tournament in his 10th start of the season...Withdrew on No. 15 at Torrey Pines in the final round at the U.S. Open with a wrist injury. He had his wrist taped by an emergency medical team, but decided he could not continue.

Career Highlights

2007: Two runner-up finishes highlighted a consistent season that included marriage to the former Diane Antonopoulos on June 24 in Greece. Finished 31st in FedExCup points, so didn't qualify for THE TOUR Championship. Was 29th in money...Finished seventh at the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship...T2 at the Sony Open in Hawaii the following week. Held the 18-hole lead after posting a 7-under-par 63, and a share of the 36-hole lead at 11-under-par 129. Entered final round one behind Charles Howell III. Remained in the hunt until the 72nd hole, when a chip for eagle and a share of the lead hit the flagstick and lipped out. Converted birdie to tie with Howell, one stroke behind winner Paul Goydos...Finished T8 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, six strokes behind Vijay Singh...Finished T10 at the Masters Tournament after failing to break par in any single round. Third career top-10 finish in a major championship...Extended his streak of rounds in the 60s at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship to 12 with runner-up finish to Scott Verplank. Missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole that would have forced a playoff...At the BMW Championship in adopted hometown of Chicago, finished T30 to fall from No. 28 to 31 in FedExCup points, failing to qualify for THE TOUR Championship. 2006: Had a career year with a career-best 10 top-10s, including a win at The Honda Classic, and earnings of more than $3 million...Opened with a career-best 10-under 62 at Spyglass Hill Golf Club and was the first-round leader at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am. Finished T7...Finished T9 at the Accenture Match Play Championship, defeating Richard Green and Shigeki Maruyama before falling to Retief Goosen in the third round...Captured second career TOUR title at The Honda Classic with rounds of 72-67-68-69--276 (12-under). Co-leader through 54 holes with Billy Mayfair. Nursing a one-stroke lead over Geoff Ogilvy on the 72nd hole, hit 5-iron approach to 4 feet from 199 yards and converted the birdie for a two-shot victory. Earned career-best paycheck of $990,000 and jumped into the top-10 in the Official World Golf Ranking (No. 10) for the first time in his career...Shared the 54-hold lead (14-under 202) with Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship but final-round 2-over 74 left him tied for third, six strokes behind Woods. Also shared the 36-hole lead (8-under 136) with three others. The T3 matched his career-best finish in a major (2005 Masters). One of only 10 players who managed to make the cut in all four majors during the season...Playing in his second Ryder Cup, had a 3-0-0 record for the victorious European Team. Career record in Ryder Cup is 5-1-1...Posted T6 finish at the American Express Championship in London, his third top-10 in a World Golf Championships event during the year...Earned a spot in the field at THE TOUR Championship for the second time in his five-year career, finished T5...Selected to represent England with David Howell at the Barbados World Cup...Fired a bogey-free, final-round 64 in mid-December to come from six strokes back and win the Target World Challenge. 2005: Finished runner-up for the second straight season at the Buick Invitational in La Jolla, California. Shared the third-round lead at 14-under 202 with Tom Lehman. Closed with 1-over 73 to finished three stroke back of Tiger Woods...Picked up second runner-up finish of the season with a T2 at THE PLAYERS Championship. Shared second-round lead with Lee Westwood, Tim Herron and Joe Durant at 10-under 134 and held third-round lead by one stroke over Durant at 12-under 204. Final-round 4-over 76 after playing 33 holes on Monday left him one behind Fred Funk. Missed 25-foot birdie putt on 72nd hole...Finished T3 in his Masters debut to lead first-time participants. Final-round 69 included eagles on No. 13 and No. 15. 2004: Won two times on the European Tour and collected four top-10s on the PGA TOUR. Earned a spot on the European Ryder Cup Team after his consistent play on both the PGA TOUR and the European Tour...Lost in a three-way playoff (along with Chris Riley) to John Daly at the Buick Invitational in fourth start of season. Sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force a sudden-death playoff. On the first extra hole, Donald and Riley both missed birdie putts inside 10 feet while Daly splashed a 100-foot bunker shot to tap-in range for birdie to claim the title...Claimed his first European Tour victory after carding a 3-under 69 in the final round for a five-shot victory at the Scandinavian Masters. Collected a second victory on the European Tour at the Omega European Masters, just a week before making his first appearance in the Ryder Cup Matches in the United States...Teamed with Paul Casey to win the World Cup in Spain in mid-November. 2003: Posted eight top-25 finishes in the 17 cuts made for the season. 2002: First start as a member of the PGA TOUR was a T13 at the Sony Open in Hawaii...Earned first TOUR title in rookie season at Southern Farm Bureau Classic, joining Jonathan Byrd as only rookies to win that season. Tournament reduced to 54 holes due to unplayable conditions. Carded rounds of 66-68-67--201 to win by one over Deane Pappas. Trailed Brad Elder by one after 18 holes and two through 36 holes. Birdied Nos. 15-17 and finished with 4-under-par 32 on back nine Saturday afternoon to take the lead from Elder for the first time. Play was suspended prior to Sunday tee time of 10:10 a.m., and was deemed a 54-hole tournament on Monday morning. 2001: Turned professional in August, making his debut at the Reno-Tahoe Open on a sponsor exemption. Earned sponsor exemptions into six other events and managed to make four cuts. Best finish was a T18 at the Bell Canadian Open...Only 2001 college graduate to make it through all three stages of Qualifying Tournament. Amateur: Led the GB&I Walker Cup team to a 15-9 victory in 1999 and 12 1/2-11 1/2 victory in 2001, going 7-1 in match play over two competitions...Won the 1999 NCAA individual title. Two-time Big Ten individual champion (1999 and 2000). Won the 1999 Fred Haskins Award for top collegiate golfer. Won 1999 Jack Nicklaus Award as collegiate men's golf's player of the year, which earned him a spot in the field at the 2000 Memorial Tournament, where he finished T51. Broke Tiger Woods' Golfstat Cup record for lowest stroke average (70.45) in 1999. Three-time (1999, 2000, 2001) first-team All-American.

Personal

Brother Christian caddies for Luke...An avid painter. Earned degree in art theory and practice at Northwestern. Donated one of his paintings to a PGATOUR.com auction and the winning bid was $1,640, which was split between PGA TOUR Charities and junior golf charity in Chicago.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

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Other Information

2002: Rookie on the PGA TOUR. Turned professional in August, making his debut at the 2001 Reno-Tahoe Open on a sponsor exemption. Earned sponsors exemptions into six other events at the end of the 2001 season and managed to make four cuts. Best finish T18 at the Bell Canadian Open...Led the GB&I Walker Cup team to a 15-9 victory in 1999 and 12 1/2-11 1/2 victory in 2001, going 7-1 in match play over two competitions...Won the 1999 NCAA individual title. Two-time Big Ten Individual Champion (1999 and 2000). Won the 1999 Fred Haskins Award for top collegiate golfer. Won 1999 Jack Nicklaus Award as collegiate men's golf's player of the year, which earned him a spot in the field at the 2000 Memorial Tournament, where he finished T51. Broke Tiger Woods' Golfstat Cup record for lowest stroke average (70.45) in 1999. Three-time (1999, 2000, 2001) first-team All-American...Brother Christian caddies for Luke.

National Teams

Ryder Cup (2), 2004, 2006. World Cup (3), 2004, 2005, 2006. Walker Cup (2), 1999, 2000.

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