Team Europe Profile: Luke Donald


Luke Donald

PLAYER INFORMATION
Age: 34
Hometown: Hemel Hempstead, England; Chicago, Illinois, US
Birthplace: High Wycombe, England
Birthdate: December 7, 1977
Family: Wife: Diane (m. 2007); Children: Elle (2010), Sophia Ann (2011) 
Turned Professional: 2001

 

RYDER CUP EXPERIENCE
Years Played: 2004 (winners), 06 (winners), 10 (winners)
Total Matches: 11
Career Ryder Cup Record (W-L-H): 8-2-1
Singles (W-L-H): 2-1-0
Foursomes (W-L-H): 6-0-0
Fourballs (W-L-H): 0-1-1
Total Points Won: 8 1/2
Total Points Won Point %: 77

 

RYDER CUP RESULTS
2004: Oakland Hills Country Club
Europe 18 1/2, United States 9 1/2
Day 1 Fourballs: Donald/McGinley (halved) with Riley/Cink
Day 1 Foursomes:  Donald/Garcia beat Perry/Cink (2 & 1)
Day 2 Foursomes: Donald/Garcia beat Furyk/Funk (1 hole)
Singles: Donald lost to Campbell (5 & 3)
 
2006: The K Club (Palmer Course)
Europe 18 1/2, United States 9 1/2
Day 1 Foursomes: Donald/Garcia beat Woods/Furyk (2 holes)
Day 2 Foursomes: Donald/Garcia beat Mickelson/Toms (2 & 1)
Singles: Donald beat Campbell (2 & 1) 
 
2010: Celtic Manor Resort
Europe 14 1/2, United States 13 1/2
Session 1: Fourballs: Donald/Harrington lost to Watson/Overton (3 & 2)
Session 2:  Foursomes: Donald/Poulter beat Watson/Overton (2 & 1)
Session 3: Foursomes: Donald/Westwood beat Stricker/Woods (6 & 5)
Singles: Donald beat Furyk (1 hole)

 

PLAYER NOTES
* Played in The Ryder Cup on three occasions – 2004, 06, 10
* Clearly a good omen for Team Europe, he has never been on the losing side
* Has an outstanding foursomes record having played six, won six
* Formed a strong partnership with Sergio Garcia in 2004 and 2006 where the duo won all four foursomes they played in together
* Earned his place on the team with a number of strong performances, the most impressive of which coming in his successful defence of the BMW PGA Championship in 2012, a title that the year before heralded his ascent to the top of the Official World Golf Rankings
* In 2011 created history by becoming the first player to win both the European and American money lists, and reached World Number One for the first time in his career
* Was also part of two victorious Walker Cup teams for GB&I in 1999 and 2001
* Knows the Chicago area well having earned a degree in art theory and practice at Northwestern College having moved there in 2007
* Still lives in Chicago with his wife and two young daughters     

 

 

CAREER VICTORIES
European Tour International Schedule Victories: Total 7     
2004 Scandinavian Masters by Carlsberg, Omega European Masters     
2010 Madrid Masters     
2011 WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship, BMW PGA Championship (play-off), Barclays Scottish Open     
2012 BMW PGA Championship     
US PGA Tour Victories: Total 4   
2002 Southern Farm Bureau Classic   
2006 Honda Classic   
2011 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic   
2012 Transitions Championship   
Other Tournament Victories: Total 2     
2005 Target World Challenge presented by Countrywide (USA)     
2007 Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca Cola (with Sally Little) (RSA) 
OTHER PROFESSIONAL MATCH PLAY PERFORMANCES
WGC-Accenture Match Play: Best finish: Winner - 2011 
Volvo World Match Play Championship: Best finish: 2nd - 2011