Luke Donald golf swing

With all the drama over Tiger Woods regaining top spot in the World Rankings and Rory McIlroy’s loss of form, it has perhaps been overlooked that another player seeking success in the Majors, and many other tournaments in 2013, is a former World Number 1 seeking to usurp the ‘big two’ and re-establish himself at the top of the game.

That man is Luke Donald, so let’s take a look at the career so far and what is in his bag for the 2013 season.

 

 

FACTFILE:

Player Name: Luke Donald

Place of Birth: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England.

Age: 35

Club Sponsor: Mizuno

Major Wins (0) : US Masters (0), US Open (0), Open Championship (0), USPGA Championship (0)

Other Tournament Wins : 14

Current World Ranking: 4th

 

 

In The Bag with Luke Donald 2013

Driver: Taylor Made RocketBallz Driver (see Video below)

Fairway Woods: Taylor Made RocketBallz Tour Fairway

Hybrid: Mizuno JPX 825 Hybrid

Irons: Mizuno MP 64 Irons

Wedges: Mizuno MP T4 Wedge

Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG #7 Putter

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

 

 

Career Highlights:  Donald’s best career victory to date is his victory in the WGC-Accenture World Match Play in 2011, when he defeated Martin Kaymer 3&2 in the final. Yet despite this and 13 other wins on various tours across the globe, Donald’s greatest successes have perhaps not been tournament wins.

The fact that Donald is the one of the most consistent players of the modern era should not be overlooked and that consistency saw him become the first player ever to win both the US and European Money lists in the same year of 2011.

 

Donald has also become a key part of the European Ryder Cup team, partnering particularly well with Spaniard Sergio Garcia in the foursomes and being a key player in the last few European Ryder Cup victories.

Arguably Donald’s biggest success however has been his rise to the top of his sport. Few golfers can claim that they have been ranked as World Number 1 in their career, but Luke Donald is one of them.

 

 

Career Lowpoints: It would be churlish to describe any part of Donald’s career as a low-point as he has always been amongst the most consistent of players on tour and while he may not have won as many tournaments, he has always picked up valuable cheques from most of the tournaments he plays in.

Perhaps the darkest period of his career was from 2006 to 2010 when from the March Honda Classic in 2006, to the Madrid Masters in May 2010, Donald didn’t win a tournament, though he made up for that in 2011 by putting together one of the most consistent golfing seasons ever seen by a professional in both Europe and America.

 

Donald has also failed to show his best in a Major thus far, particularly in the US Open where his best finish is a disappointing 12th. Donald certainly has the class and ability to win a Major title and few would bet against him doing so over the next few years.

 

What does the future hold for Luke Donald?

Donald has already admitted that his form so far in 2013 hasn’t been that great and has precipitated his fall to 4th in the world, behing Woods, McIlroy and friend and Team Europe team mate Justin Rose. Donald has felt his short game hasn’t been quite up to standard so far this season and has been working hard on that aspect of his game ahead of the first Major of the year at Augusta.

Indeed, the Majors must be a target for Donald. A player of his talent really needs to cement his place in golf history by winning one. His consistency means that he just needs to take one of the inevitable chances he has of lifting one of golf’s big four events.

 

A long term goal may well be to recover his World Number 1 position. If Woods and McIlroy both hit erratic periods of form and Donald can find his customary consistency and perhaps turn a few more top 10 finishes into wins, then he has a great chance of breaking the duopoly at the top of the World Rankings.

 

(Pictures courtesy of Luke Donald Facebook Page & Twitter Account, Taylor Made Facebook Page)

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Great post on Luke! Before reading this article I didnt pay much attention to him and his background, talents and how much he as really achieved. I think it is so important to point these athletes out for the public to appreciate them more.

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