Name:Luke Campbell Donald
Also known as:"Looooooook"
Born:Dec 7, 1977 in Hemel Hempstead, Herts.
Original/Home Club:Hemel Hempstead, Herts.
Played as the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (Nov 21-24; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Kim Hyung-sung (S Kor) finished 6 shots behind defending champion Donald (Eng). [Phoenix CC, Miyazaki, Japan].
Played as the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (Nov 15-18; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn) finished 5 shots behind first-time Japan Tour winner Donald (Eng). [Phoenix CC, Miyazaki, Japan].
Luke Donald (Eng) won the 2012 European Tour Players' Player of the Year Award, based on the votes of his peers.
Played as the BMW PGA Championship (May 24-27). Second-placed Justin Rose (Eng) and Paul Lawrie (Scot) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Donald (Eng). With the win Donald reclaimed the World No.1 spot from Rory McIlroy (N.Ire). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
Played as the Transitions Championship (March 15-18). Luke Donald (Eng) beat Jim Furyk (USA), Sangmoon Bae (S Kor) and Robert Garrigus (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. Recording his fifth PGA Tour win, Donald moved back to the No.1 spot in the official world golf rankings. [Copperhead course, Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, nr Tampa, FL].
Played as the Barclays Scottish Open (July 7-10; for the first time at Castle Stuart). Second-placed Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) finished 4 shots behind Luke Donald (Eng). Reduced to 54 holes after torrential rain on the Saturday. [Castle Stuart Links, nr Inverness].
Played as the BMW PGA Championship (May 26-29). Donald (Eng) beat Lee Westwood (Eng) at the first playoff hole, securing enough world ranking points to replace Westwood as the world's No.1 male golfer. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
Donald (Eng) won the Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA Tour 2011 leading money winner, with earnings of $6,683,214; Webb Simpson (USA) was second with $6,347,353; Nick Watney (USA) was third with $5,290,673. Donald became the first player ever to top the US and European money-lists in the same season.
Race to Dubai
Donald (Eng) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 2011 Race to Dubai winner. Donald finished the season with European Tour earnings of €5,323,400, which included his Race to Dubai winner's bonus of $1,250,000. Rory McIlroy (N.Ire) was second with €4,002,168; Martin Kaymer (Ger) was third with €3,489,033. Donald became the first ever golfer to top the end-of-season money-lists on both the European and US PGA Tours.
Donald (Eng) won the European Tour Race to Dubai Golfer of the Year Award, determined by a panel of representatives from the European Tour, golf writers, and TV and radio commentators.
PGA of America
Donald (Eng) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average). Donald accumulated 60 pts; Webb Simpson (USA) was second with 56 pts; Nick Watney (USA) was third with 48 pts.
Donald (Eng) won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA Tour Player of the Year, based on the votes of his peers.
Played as the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship (Feb 23-27). Donald (Eng) beat Martin Kaymer (Ger) 3 and 2 in the 18-hole final to win the Walter Hagen Cup. [GC at Dove Mtn, Marana, AZ].
Played as the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic (Oct 20-23). Second-placed Justin Leonard (USA) finished 2 shots behind Luke Donald (Eng). Donald's win secured his No.1 spot on the final 2011 PGA Tour money list; he also went on to win the 2011 European Tour Order of Merit/money list. [Magnolia course, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL. Earlier rounds also played on the Palm course].
Donald (Eng) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Rory McIlroy (N.Ire) was second with 69.16; Charl Schwartzel (RSA) was third with 69.44.
PGA of America
Donald (Eng) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest adjusted scoring average on the PGA Tour (over a minimum of 60 rounds). Webb Simpson (USA) was second with 69.25; Steve Stricker (USA) was third with 69.36.
Donald (Eng) won the PGA Tour Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average (over a minimum of 50 rounds). Webb Simpson (USA) was second with 69.25; Steve Stricker (USA) was third with 69.72.
Played as the Madrid Masters (May 27-30). Second-placed Rhys Davies (Wales) finished 1 shot behind Donald (Eng), who claimed his first European Tour win since 2004. [North course, Real Sociedad Hípica Española Club de Campo, Madrid].
Played as the Honda Classic (March 9-12). Second-placed Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) finished 2 shots behind two-time PGA Tour winner Donald (Eng). At the time Donald became only the third Englishman to record more than one PGA Tour win, emulating Nick Faldo (9) and Tony Jacklin (4). [CC at Mirasol, Palm Beach Gdns, FL].
Played as the Target World Challenge presented by Countrywide (Dec 8-11; unofficial PGA Tour money event, hosted by Tiger Woods). Second-placed Darren Clarke (N.Ire) finished 2 shots behind Luke Donald (Eng). [Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, nr LA, Calif.].
Played as the Scandinavian Masters by Carlsberg (July 29-Aug 1). Second-placed Peter Hanson (Swe) and Henrik Stenson (Swe) finished 5 shots behind 26-year-old Luke Donald (Eng), who recorded his first European Tour win. [Masters course, Barsebäck G&CC, nr Malmö, Sweden].
Played as the Omega European Masters (Sept 2-5). Second-placed Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Esp) finished 5 shots behind Donald (Eng). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
Played as the Southern Farm Bureau Classic (Oct 31-Nov 3). Second-placed Deane Pappas (RSA) finished 1 shot behind first-time PGA Tour winner Donald (Eng). Event reduced to 54 holes after rain washed-out the final day. [Annandale GC, Madison, nr Jackson, Miss.].
Played as the LaSalle Bank Chicago Open (Sept 15-17). Second-placed Brad Klapprott (USA) finished 6 shots behind Luke Donald (Eng; amateur), who as an amateur could not claim the $30,000 first prize. [Beverly CC, Chicago, IL].
European Tour: 2021 marks the 50th and last season of the world renowned European Tour, launched in April 1972 at the Spanish Open. From 2022 the Tour will be sponsored by Dubai-based global supply chain and ports operator DP World, and will be known as the DP World Tour.
South African Open: December 2021 events in South Africa have again been impacted by the Covid pandemic. The South African Open (Dec 2-5) will no longer be played as a DP World Tour event, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 9-12) has been cancelled.
Bernhard Langer: at age 64, Langer collected a record sixth Charles Schwab Cup, the only player to have won the season-long points chase more than twice. He also topped the PGA Tour Champions money-list for the 11th time out of a possible 13 since 2008.
Carlota Ciganda: the five-time Solheim Cup star was delighted to record a fourth Ladies European Tour win in her home national championship, the Ladies Spanish Open.
Lee Elder: Trailblazer, Ryder Cup player, four-time PGA Tour winner and eight-time Senior PGA Tour winner, Lee Elder died on November 28, aged 87. In 1975 he became the first African American golfer to play in the Masters tournament, and in so doing provided one of the pivotal moments in the history of professional golf.
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New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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