16 Things You Didn’t Know About Luke Donald

Here we take a look at some interesting facts about 2023 European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald

Things You Didn't Know About Luke Donald
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Here we take a look at some interesting facts about Europe's 2023 Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald

Luke Donald makes his debut as Ryder Cup captain this year after stepping in to replace Henrik Stenson - who lost the job after joining LIV Golf.

Donald represented Team Europe four times in the Ryder Cup as a player - being on the winning side on all four occasions - and was also a vice-captain for the last two events in 2018 and 2021.

He'll now be leading Europe into battle at Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome for the 2023 Ryder Cup from September 25-October 1, as the hosts look to win back the trophy they lost in such disappointing fashion at Whistling Straits.

16 Things You Didn't Know About Luke Donald

1. He went to Northwestern University in Chicago

2. He has lived in Chicago ever since, although he has recently put his home on the market and is basing himself in Jupiter, Florida

3. He turned pro in 2001

4. He married his wife Diane in 2007 in Santorini, Greece. They have three daughters - Elle, Sophia and Georgina

5. Donald was world number one for 56 weeks

6. He was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to golf

7. Became the first person to win the money lists on the PGA Tour and European Tour in the same season in 2011

8. In 1999, he won the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships men's title, beating Tiger Woods' scoring record

9. He became the first amateur to win the Chicago Open in 2000

10. He has a passion for wine and even brought out a Luke Donald Collection of wines in 2018

11. Was made an honourary life member of the European Tour in 2012

12. He was signed with Top Flite in his early days as a pro (they owned the brands Strata and Ben Hogan which he used). He has been with Mizuno since 2004

Donald seen in 2002

13. His brother Christian caddied for him until 2009. He was with Paul Casey from 2009-2011, Martin Kaymer from 2011-2012 and is currently on the bag of Brendan Steele

14. His career on-course earnings are just shy of $36m

15. During his spell as world number one in 2011 he was working with elite performance coach Dave Alred, who helped Jonny Wilkinson and more recently, Francesco Molinari

16. He was club champion at Beaconsfield Golf Club aged 15

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5