Luke Donald was born December 7, 1977, in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England. Donald and his brother Christian played junior golf at Hazlemere and Beaconsfield Golf Clubs. Luke was the club champion of Beaconsfield twice, first winning the championship at the age of 14. He attended The Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe.
When it came time to make a decision about college, Donald took a golf scholarship at Northwestern University in suburban Chicago in 1997, where he became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He studied art theory and practice, and became an avid painter; one of his paintings was even auctioned by the PGA Tour for charity.
While at Northwestern, Donald was a three-time, First Team All American, considered by many to be the top college player in the country winning 13 college events including the 1999 NCAA Individual Championship. He also won the Golfstat Cup in 1999, awarded for the lowest stroke average for the year, beating the previous best set by Tiger Woods. Donald also claimed the Walker Cup; the amateur equivalent of the Ryder Cup, Donald posted a 7-1 record, leading Great Britain and Ireland to two consecutive victories over the Americans.
While he primarily plays on the PGA Tour, Donald is also a member of the European Tour. In 2006 he reached the top ten in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career. In January 2007, he reached a career high ranking of 7, and was briefly the highest ranked European golfer. He has spent more than 50 weeks in the top 10.
Luke's professional golf triumphs include the PGA's 2002 Southern Farm Bureau Classic and the 2006 Honda Classic. On the European Tour, his victories include the 2004 Scandinavian Masters and the 2004 Omega Masters. Donald also won the 2004 World Cup with Paul Casey in Seville, Spain and the 2006 Target World Challenge, Tiger Woods invitational Tournament. He has been a member of two winning European Ryder Cup Teams, posting a 5-1-1 Record. Click here to learn more about Luke’s golf career.
While professional golf is his primary profession, Donald remains passionate about painting, with a style that favors abstract and impressionist traits. His current tour sponsors include a host of luxury goods and companies such as BMW, Royal Bank of Scotland, Rolex and Ralph Lauren. He is the face of Ralph Lauren's new RLX line, bringing a sleek and cutting edge look to the golf course.