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Profile: Luke Donald

Luke Donald
  • Birthplace: Hemel Hempsted, England
  • Residence: High Wycombe, England; US - Chicago, Illinois
  • Birthdate: 7 Dec 1977
  • Age: 26
  • Turned Professional: 2001

Ryder Cup Record


Career Victories

European Tour

2 - 2004 Scandinavian Masters by Carlsberg, Omega European Masters


1 - Southern Farm Bureau Classic

Player Notes

Donald may be a rookie when it comes to The Ryder Cup but has an outstanding match play record from his amateur days, a grounding that is sure to stand him in good stead at Oakland Hills Country Club.

Donald played a massive role in Great Britain and Ireland's Walker Cup victories over the United States in 1999 and 2001, collecting a record seven points out of eight. In 1999 at Nairn, Donald linked up superbly with fellow Ryder Cup debutant Paul Casey winning both foursomes matches in addition to their two singles victories. They are two of only three Great British and Irish players to have won all four matches in the Walker Cup, the other being Scotland's Andrew Oldcorn.

Two years later at Ocean Forest, Sea Island, Georgia, Donald was again undefeated in the singles and earned another point in the second foursomes session when paired with Nick Dougherty.

Donald turned professional soon after and announced himself on the world stage in his first season with victory in the Southern Farm Bureau Classic on the US PGA Tour. He followed that with his first European Tour triumph this year after a convincing victory in the Scandinavian Masters by Carlsberg.

That win at Barseback Golf and Country Club put him right in the Ryder Cup frame, his performances in the US PGA Championship and the World Golf Championships - NEC Invitational further underlined his credentials.

The fact that he played his college golf from NorthWestern University in Chicago, plays the US PGA Tour and has set up home in the windy city has given him plenty of experience of playing American courses, experience that could just give him the edge at Oakland Hills.


Outstanding amateur, who played in Great Britain and Ireland's Walker Cup victories over the United States in 1999 and 2001, collecting a record of seven wins and one defeat in the process. Won the NCAA individual title in 1999 while at college in the USA. Broke Tiger Woods's Golfstat Cup record for lowest stroke average (70.45) the same year. Turned professional in August 2001 and had seven starts, making four cuts. Graduated through US PGA Tour Qualifying School and earned his first victory in his rookie season, the Southern Farm Bureau Classic. Ended the year 58th on the money list with $1,088,205, only the 11th rookie to reach seven figures. Studied art at college. An avid painter, he donated one of his paintings for a US PGA Tour auction and raised $1,640. Brother Christian caddies to make it a family affair. Joined The European Tour as an Affiliate Member in January 2003 and gained card in 115th place with €165,079 (£115,094).

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