Luke Donald
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Scorecard
Biography
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
4
4
5
4
4
5
3
4
5
38
4
4
2
4
5
3
3
4
4
33
71
2
3
4
4
2
4
3
2
4
4
30
4
4
3
3
4
4
3
4
4
33
63
3
4
5
4
2
4
4
2
4
4
33
4
4
3
5
5
4
3
5
3
36
69
4
4
5
5
3
5
3
3
4
4
36
6
4
3
4
4
4
3
4
5
37
73
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
1
4
4
5
4
4
5
3
4
5
38
2
3
4
4
2
4
3
2
4
4
30
3
4
5
4
2
4
4
2
4
4
33
4
4
5
5
3
5
3
3
4
4
36
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
ROUND
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
4
4
2
4
5
3
3
4
4
33
71
2
4
4
3
3
4
4
3
4
4
33
63
3
4
4
3
5
5
4
3
5
3
36
69
4
6
4
3
4
4
4
3
4
5
37
73
Par
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
Stats
ROUND 1
ROUND 2
ROUND 3
ROUND 4
TOTAL
RANK
Eagles
0
0
0
0
0
11
Birdies
4
9
5
3
21
2
Pars
11
9
11
11
42
21
Bogeys
3
0
2
4
9
19
Double Bogeys/+
0
0
0
0
0
24
Other
0
0
0
0
0
Putts per round
27
23
31
30
28
20
Putts per GIR
1.82
1.43
1.8
1.73
1.69
25
Greens in regulation
61.11 %
77.78 %
83.33 %
61.11 %
70.83 %
5
Sand Saves
0/0
2/2
1/1
0/0
3/3

Born: 7 December 1977.

Turned pro: 2001.

Family: Wife - Diane. Children - Elle, Sophia.

Special interests: Art.

Career highlights: A five-time winner on the PGA Tour and seven-time winner on the European Tour. Reached world number one in 2011. That same year he became the first player in history to finish first on both the European Tour and PGA Tour moneylists in the same seasons.

2014 highlights: He has had finishes of second in the RBC Heritage, tied fourth in the Valspar Championship and tied eighth in the Honda Classic on the PGA Tour, and a tied third finish in the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour.

2014 Majors: The Masters - Missed Cut. The US Open - Missed Cut. The Open - Tied 64th. The PGA Championship - T40th.

NGC record: Seventh appearance - 2005 - 5th, 2007 - T6th, 2008 - 11th, 2009 - 8th, 2011 - 7th, 2013 - 19th.

Story

Luke Donald returns to Sun City looking for the same kind of consistency that carried him to world number one in 2011 and saw him become the first player in history to finish top of both the PGA Tour and European Tour money lists in the same season, earning himself an MBE from the Queen.

It's been a difficult season for Donald. On the PGA Tour his season has been highlighted by a finish of second in the RBC Heritage, and further finishes of tied fourth in the Valspar Championship and tied eighth in the Honda Classic. And on the European Tour he enjoyed a tied third finish in the BMW PGA Championship.

But for the high standards that Donald sets, the greatest disappointment came in a phone call he received from Paul McGinley.

The European Ryder Cup captain had to make the difficult decision of leaving Donald out of his team. It was a bitter blow for a player who has not been on a losing European team in his four Ryder Cups. It was even harder for McGinley, who was Donald's partner in the Englishman's first Ryder Cup appearance in 2004, and who was also publicly backed by Donald for the captaincy in 2014.

It's a stark contrast to Donald's 2011 season, where he played 19 events and finished in the top 10 in 14 of them.

But Donald remains an incredible presence in the game, and one who garners much respect from his peers.

And they were in awe of him in 2011.

It was a season of such incredible mastery of all elements of his game, especially his putting. In 2011, his three-putt on the 16th hole at Kingsbarns golf course in Scotland during the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship was his first three-putt in 450 holes of golf.

In 2013, another amazing streak in Donald's career came to an end when he missed the cut in the Malaysian Open. It was the first time in his career that he'd missed a cut in a European Tour event. And when he missed the cuts in both the Open Championship and PGA Championship in 2013, it was the first time in his career he'd missed consecutive Major cuts in a single year.

But against the backdrop of his 16 professional victories, it seems only a matter of time before Donald's bounces back.

His first victory as a professional came when he beat South Africa's Deane Pappas by a single stroke to win the PGA Tour's Southern Farm Bureau Classic in 2002.

It was the start of a career many knew was destined for big things, especially when he joined Northwestern University to study Art and won the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship in 1999, beating the scoring record held by Tiger Woods.

But Donald's career has been punctuated by lean spells. After his initial breakthrough in 2002, it was only in 2004 when he won again in the European Tour's Scandinavian Masters and the Omega European Masters. The next win came in the 2006 Honda Classic on the PGA Tour, and then he had to wait four years before the next victory in the Madrid Masters on the European Tour. He won four times in 2011, and then three times in 2012.

South Africa has always provided a spark of inspiration for Donald. In 2007 he teamed up with Sally Little to win the 2007 Gary Player Invitational in South Africa.

And while he is still searching for a maiden Major, the timing may be just right for him to walk off with "Africa's Major".