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Encyclopedia > Luke Donald
Luke Donald
Personal Information
Birth December 7, 1977 (1977-12-07) (age 29)
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 161 lb (73 kg)
Nationality Flag of England England
Residence Evanston, Illinois
High Wycombe
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
College Northwestern University
Career
Turned Pro 2001
Current tour PGA Tour (joined 2001)
European Tour (joined 2003)
Professional wins 5 (PGA Tour 2; European Tour 2; Other 1)
Best Results in Major Championships
Masters T3: 2005
U.S. Open T12: 2006
British Open T35: 2006
PGA Championship T3: 2006
Awards
Fred Haskins Award 1999

Luke Donald (born December 7, 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. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (736x623, 89 KB) Summary A self-cropped image of Luke Donald Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Hemel Hempstead is a town in Hertfordshire, England with a population of 81,143 at the 2001 Census. ... For the similarly named county in the West Midlands region, see Herefordshire. ... The pound or pound-mass (abbreviations: lb, lbm, or sometimes in the United States, #) is a unit of mass (sometimes called weight in everyday parlance) in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The kilogram or kilogramme (symbol: kg) is the SI base unit of mass. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Incorporated City in 1872. ... // The world renound retard, jack milner, has been said to be living in the retarded town just west of high wycombe known as down syndromly. ... Palm Beach Gardens is a city located in Palm Beach County, Florida. ... Northwestern University (officially abbreviated NU; sometimes abbreviated NWU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university with campuses located in Evanston, Illinois and downtown Chicago, Illinois. ... The PGA Tour is an organization that operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... The PGA European Tour is a top-level professional mens golf tour. ... The Masters is one of four Grand Slam golf tournaments. ... The United States Open Championship is the annual open golf tournament of the United States. ... “British Open” redirects here. ... The PGA Championship (often referred to as the U.S. PGA Championship outside of North America) is an annual golf tournament conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA Tour. ... The Haskins Award is presented annually by the Haskins Commission to honor the most outstanding collegiate golfer in the United States. ... is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... In golf the distinction between amateurs and professionals is rigorously maintained. ... The PGA Tour is an organization that operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... The PGA European Tour is a top-level professional mens golf tour. ... The Official World Golf Rankings is a system for rating the performance level of male professional golfers. ...

Contents

Biography

Born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, Donald and his brother Christian played junior golf at Hazlemere and Beaconsfield Golf Clubs - Christian now caddies for Luke. Luke was club champion of Beaconsfield twice, winning the championship first at the age of 15. Hemel Hempstead is a town in Hertfordshire, England with a population of 81,143 at the 2001 Census. ... For the similarly named county in the West Midlands region, see Herefordshire. ...


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 he was not admitted to the university, Goodwin turned to Jeff Mory. [1] “Stanford” redirects here. ... Personal Information Birth December 30, 1975 ) Cypress, California Height 6 ft 1 in (1. ...


Donald resultantly took a golf scholarship at Northwestern University in 1997, where he became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Donald studied art theory and practice, and became an avid painter; one of his paintings was auctioned by the PGA Tour for charity.[2] Donald's golf coach was Pat Goss, men's golf coach at Northwestern University, and Donald's only instructor since.[3] He won the individual NCAA men's title in 1999, beating the scoring record formerly held by Tiger Woods. Northwestern University (officially abbreviated NU; sometimes abbreviated NWU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university with campuses located in Evanston, Illinois and downtown Chicago, Illinois. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Sigma Chi (ΣΧ) is one of the largest and oldest all-male, college, Greek-letter social fraternities. ... The NCAA Division I Mens Golf Championships, played in late May or early June, is the top annual competition in U.S. mens collegiate golf. ... This article is about the year. ... Personal Information Birth December 30, 1975 ) Cypress, California Height 6 ft 1 in (1. ...


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. 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. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... The Southern Farm Bureau Classic is a regular golf tournament on the PGA Tour. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Omega European Masters is the Swiss stop on mens golfs European Tour, currently played in early September each year. ... The Scandinavian Masters is an annual golf tournament on the PGA European Tour which is played in Sweden at the end of July or the beginning of August each year. ... The Ryder Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in an event called the Ryder Cup Matches by teams from Europe and the United States. ... The WGC-World Cup is an annual mens golf tournament. ... Paul Alexander Casey (born 21 July 1977) is an English golfer who is a member of the worlds top two professional golf tours, the U.S. based PGA Tour and the European Tour. ... The Official World Golf Rankings is a system for rating the performance level of male professional golfers. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Honda Classic is a PGA Tour golf tournament which is played each March in Florida. ...


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 St Andrews. Thomas Sturges Tom Watson (born September 4, 1949) is an American golfer on the Champions Tour, who still occasionally competes in PGA Tour events. ... Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940), also known as The Golden Bear,[1] is widely regarded as the greatest professional golfer of all time, in large part because of his records in major championships. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “British Open” redirects here. ... The 18th green and clubhouse of the R&A. Looking up the 18th fairway towards the clubhouse with the famous bridge over the Swilken Burn in the middle distance. ...


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. Chad Campbell (born May 31, 1974 in Andrews, Texas} is an American professional golfer. ... // The 36th Ryder Cup Matches were held between September 22 and September 24, 2006 at The K Club, Straffan, Co. ... Personal Information Birth January 9, 1980 ) Castellon, Spain Height 5 ft 10 in (1. ...


Donald has amassed career earnings of over $11,000,000.


Sponsorship

Donald signed with sports management company IMG in 2003. He is also sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, whose sponsorship includes mentoring sessions with Jack Nicklaus who is also sponsored by RBS. Luke plays Mizuno equipment. [4] Luke Donald also has a sponsorship deal with Footjoy, who supply his shoes. IMG, originally known as the International Management Group is a leading global talent agency and production company. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Royal Bank of Scotland plc (Scottish Gaelic: [1]) is one of the retail banking subsidiaries of Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, which together with NatWest, provides branch banking facilities in the UK. Royal Bank of Scotland has around 700 branches, mainly in Scotland though there are branches in... Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940), also known as The Golden Bear,[1] is widely regarded as the greatest professional golfer of all time, in large part because of his records in major championships. ...


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. Polo Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL) is American fashion designer Ralph Laurens luxury lifestyle company. ...


Luke Donald is among a number of professional golf players sponsored by Ralph Lauren. Others include Tom Watson, Davis Love III, Jonathan Byrd, and Morgan Pressel.


Equipment

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  • Driver - Titleist 907 D2, 9.5 Degrees
  • 3-Wood - Royal Collection BBD, 14 Degrees
  • Hybrid - Mizuno FLI-Hi CLK, 17 Degrees
  • Irons - Mizuno MP-32 (3-PW)
  • Wedges - Mizuno MP Series, 54 Degrees and 60 Degrees
  • Putter - Mizuno Bettinardi C-03, 33 inch Shaft
  • Ball - Titleist Pro V1x - (Luke Donald's ball mark is a red dot between the Titleist and the number.)
  • Glove - Mizuno Skintite Leather
  • Bag - Mizuno Tour


Also in Donald's bag are;

  • A couple of knitting needles and string, which he uses on the practice green for a putting drill which helps him to see how putts break.
  • 2 energy bars on every round. These are eaten on the 6th and 12th tees.

Personal life

He met his long standing American girlfriend , Diane Antonopoulos from Chicago, at a local bar during his college years [5]. Donald proposed in June 2006, and the couple married on 24 June 2007 on Santorini, the Greek home island of Diane's family.[6][7]. The couple have homes in: High Wycombe; a luxury condo decorated with art and views over Lake Michigan in Evanston, Illinois [8]; and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida [9] Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Santorini (Greek Σαντορίνη, IPA: ) is a small, circular archipelago of volcanic islands located in southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km south-east from Greeces mainland. ... // The world renound retard, jack milner, has been said to be living in the retarded town just west of high wycombe known as down syndromly. ... Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America, and the only one in the group located entirely within the United States. ... Incorporated City in 1872. ... Palm Beach Gardens is a city located in Palm Beach County, Florida. ...


Golfing record

PGA Tour wins (2)

The Southern Farm Bureau Classic is a regular golf tournament on the PGA Tour. ... // The 2006 PGA Tour was the last season of the PGA Tour before the major reorganization of the season brought about by the introduction of the FedEx Cup in 2007. ... The Honda Classic is a PGA Tour golf tournament which is played each March in Florida. ...

Other professional wins (3)

The Omega European Masters is the Swiss stop on mens golfs European Tour, currently played in early September each year. ... The Scandinavian Masters is an annual golf tournament on the PGA European Tour which is played in Sweden at the end of July or the beginning of August each year. ... The Target World Challenge is an offseason golf tournament hosted by Tiger Woods, which takes place each December at Sherwood Country Club, a Jack Nicklaus designed course in Thousand Oaks, California. ...

Results in major championships

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

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10. This article is about the golf tournament. ... The United States Open Championship is the annual open golf tournament of the United States. ... “British Open” redirects here. ... The PGA Championship (often referred to as the U.S. PGA Championship outside of North America) is an annual golf tournament conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA Tour. ...


Team appearances

Amateur

The Walker Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in odd numbered years between teams comprising the leading amateur golfers of the United States and Great Britain and Ireland (in political terms the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland). ... The Eisenhower Trophy is a biennial world amateur team golf championship for men organised by the International Golf Federation. ... The St Andrews Trophy is an biennial mens team golf tournament contested between teams of amateur golfers representing Great Britain & Ireland and Continental Europe. ... The Jacques Leglise Trophy is an annual boys team golf competition between Great Britain & Ireland (in political terms the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland) and the Continent of Europe. ...

Professional

  • Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 2004 (winners), 2006 (winners)
  • WGC-World Cup (representing England): 2004 (winners), 2005

The Ryder Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in an event called the Ryder Cup Matches by teams from Europe and the United States. ... The 35th Ryder Cup Matches were held between September 17 and September 19 at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. ... // The 36th Ryder Cup Matches were held between September 22 and September 24, 2006 at The K Club, Straffan, Co. ... The WGC-World Cup is an annual mens golf tournament. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.northwestern.edu/magazine/northwestern/summer2004/features/coverstory/sidebar4.htm
  2. ^ http://www.pgatour.com/players/02/39/83/media-guide.html
  3. ^ http://www.golfdigest.com/instruction/index.ssf?/instruction/swingsequences/gd200302lukedonald.html
  4. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/saraceno/2005-07-13-saraceno-donald_x.htm
  5. ^ http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/6-13-2006-99097.asp
  6. ^ http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,3-2007270453,00.html
  7. ^ http://www.mizunousa.com/news.nsf/get/30C7460F8AFCCF268525718500531ABC?OpenDocument
  8. ^ http://www.golfonline.com/golfonline/features/features/article/0,17742,1145787-3,00.html
  9. ^ http://nusports.cstv.com/sports/m-golf/spec-rel/031306aab.html

External links

  • Profile on the PGA Tour's official site
  • Profile on the European Tour's official site
  • Results for the last two years from the Official World Golf Rankings site

  Results from FactBites:
 
Interview with 2006 Honda Classic champion Luke Donald (3438 words)
LUKE DONALD: I have a friend of mine, Eric Gleacher, who is a big Northwestern alum, and I used to come down here before I had a place and stay with him and practice a little bit during the winter, just to get out of the Chicago cold.
LUKE DONALD: Well, I guess I'm disappointed in a way, because you know, this course is quite severe; the greens are very severe and you have to be very accurate.
LUKE DONALD: Yeah, that was a little bit different.
Interview:Luke Donald | Golf | Guardian Unlimited Sport (1643 words)
Luke Donald, who has had a fairytale start to his career, was out among the fairy lights of the festive season to find a present for his mother and had, in fact, settled on something suitable.
Donald is not currently a member of the European Tour, which means that at the moment he is not eligible for the Ryder Cup.
Donald is one of a quartet of hugely promising golfers to emerge from the Walker Cup teams of 1999 at Nairn and 2001 at Ocean Forest, Georgia.
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