Luke Donald US Masters Golfers

One can’t call him a rookie as he’s been around as a professional for six years, but Luke Donald is another of the rising stars who has given the UK punters a lot of excitement and even higher hopes. He joins the ranks of Justin Rose, Padraig Harrington and Paul Casey as the new kids on the block.
The 30-year-old, who turned professional in 2001, has decided to concentrate on the PGA Tour, although he does belong to the European Tour as well. He did relatively well especially on the money front when he became the 11th rookie in PGA Tour history to earn more than US$1 million in his first season!
In 2004 he won two top events in the Omega European Masters and the Scandinavian Masters and he was part of the victorious Ryder Cup team for Europe and also took the WGC World Cup for England – his partner was Paul Casey. Although he has yet to take a Major, he has managed to amass a small fortune in prize money – US$11 million and counting, and that is not including his sponsorship deals!
Luke Donald’s best performances at the Majors:

  • US Masters – T3: 2005
  • US Open – T12: 2006
  • The Open Championship – T35: 2006
  • PGA Championship – T3: 2006

At the 2007 Masters, Donald did not embarrass himself. He tied in 10th place with old World Cup team mate, Paul Casey, and kept the Union Jack fluttering – all the up and coming British players finished in the Top 10, apart from Ian Poulter, Justin Rose – T5, Padraig Harrington – T7 and Paul Casey and Luke Donald T10.
Luke is currently ranked number 15 in the world, and is hot on the heels of Justin Rose and Padraig Harrington in the official world golf rankings (10 September 2007). He has clearly come a long way and has established himself among the world’s most successful golfers. He claims he is only really aware of his growing stature when he returns home to the UK. “That’s when you notice how things have changed,” he said. “More people recognise you, I can feel a buzz that I didn’t before, and it’s great because it means I’m playing better.”
Can Luke give British fans something to cheer about at the 2008 Masters? He certainly has the talent, but does he have the patience? Following Zach Johnson’s surprise win in 2007, anything is possible.
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