Luke Donald in Rome not just for Ryder Cup

Luke Donald will be at the Italian Open.

Luke Donald, statements

“The Italian Open is not only an important stage on the journey towards the Ryder Cup 2023. But it is also an event that I have always enjoyed playing. I can’t wait to test my game at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club.

Rome is a fantastic city, I have no doubt that it will be an incredible showcase for our fantastic sport” Luke Campbell Donald (Hemel Hempstead, 7 December 1977) is a British golfer. Although his father was Scottish, Luke Donald was born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire (therefore he calls himself half Scottish).

He began to play with his brother, who soon became his caddy. He immediately started winning his first tournaments as early as the age of 15. He attended the Royal Grammar School (High Wycombe) in his youth. He soon migrated to America to study at the College Prospects of America, under the orders of golfer Martin Laird.

He quickly made a name for himself, so much so that major American colleges wanted him as a team in exchange for a scholarship. He was also accepted at Stanford, but was unable to enter due to problems not related to golf. He then “fell back” to Northwestern University in the year 1997, where he studied art, and where he even entered a fraternity.

Under the orders of coach Pat Goss he won the NCAA Division I singles title in 1999, breaking Tiger Woods’ record. On May 29, 2011, after Virginia Waters’ victory at the BMW Pga Championship (at the last blow against compatriot Lee Westwood, also in contention for the world record as well as for the Tournament), he became Number 1 in the world ranking for the first time in career.

In 2007 in Santorini (Greece) he married Diane Antonopoulos: the two have two daughters, born respectively in 2010 and 2011. Among the personal sponsors, IMG (since 2003), RBC, Mizuno Corp (with which he also collaborates as a technical consultant for golf) and Ralph Lauren (announced in February 2007, actually dressed for them in tournaments since 2002).

Wins as a pro (14) Luke Donald in 2007
PGA Tour Wins (5)
No. Date Tournament Score Victory Margin of Victory Second Qualifier
1 2 Nov 2002 Southern Farm Bureau Classic -15 (66–67–68 = 201) 1 shot South Africa Deane Pappas
2 12 Mar 2006 Honda Classic -12 (72–67–68–69 = 276) 2 shots Australia Geoff Ogilvy
3 27 Feb 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship 3 and 2 Germany Martin Kaymer
4 23 Oct 2011 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic 3 and 2 United States Justin Leonard
5 18 Mar 2011 Transitions Championship 3 and 2 South Korea Bae Sang-moon, United States Jim Furyk, United States Robert Garrigus

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