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Mike Donald

  • Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Residence: Hollywood, Fla.
  • Birthdate: 7/11/1955
  • Age: 52 Ht.:5'-11"
  • Turned Pro: 1978
  • Eligibility Code: 21

Player Notes

Started playing golf at the age of 12 when his parents bought him a set of clubs because they didn't know what else to buy him. Before that loved baseball but when Donald was in ninth grade he gave up that sport to concentrate on golf. Went to Broward Community College and won the National Junior College championship which helped him get a scholarship to Georgia Southern. The good times didn't last long as he had a conflict with the coach and lost his scholarship. He left school and went home, taking jobs as a flower delivery man and umpired baseball games. After a year Georgia Southern got a new couch and returned to school were he completed. . .One of the last events he played in as a amateur was the 1978 North and South Amateur in which he got to the finals before losing to Gary Hallberg. Turned pro after that and missed getting his tour card in the spring of 1979. Six Months later got his card at the fall school. . .Donald was always a consistent player, his first big break was winning a playoff over Hal Sutton and Tim Simpson at the 1989 Anheuser-Busch Classic. His next big moment came in the 1990 U.S. Open where it looked like he was the winner until Hale Irwin made a 45-footer on the 72nd hole to force a playoff. In that the two played 18 holes to a draw and Irwin won on the first hole of sudden death. . .Played full-time on the PGA Tour between 1980 and 1998, playing in 550 events. Won once, was runner-up six times and 3rd, six times. Finished in the Top-10, 31 times and made 296 cuts. Had career earnings of $1,970,260. Also played on the Nationwide Tour between 1992 and 2005, playing 123 events. Never won but had one runner-up finish at the 1992 Ben Hogan Gulf Coast Classic. Had three Top-10 finishes, made 27 cuts and won $57,574. . .When he turned 50 in 2005 started playing on the Champions Tour, in five starts best finish -was T40th in the SAS Championship. Didn't make any starts in 2006, did play once on the PGA Tour missing the cut at Honda Classic.

Career Victories

PGA Tour
1 - 1989 Anheuser-Busch Classic

Other
1984 J.C. Penney Classic with Vicki Alvarez and the 1990 Sazale Classic with Fred Couples

Career Summary

2007 Champions Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 7; top-10 finishes -0; scoring average - 74.78 (ranked N/A); money - $12,119 (ranked 146th); best finish - T-50th Commerce Bank Championship.

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