Now it’s official: Luke Donald is the new captain of the Europe team at the Ryder Cup 2023 in Rome.
The Englishman, former number 1 in the world, takes the place of Henrik Stenson, relieved of his position – by the board of the Ryder Cup Europe – for having accepted the court of the Arab Super League.
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Donald, 44 years old from Hemel Hempstead, is the first Englishman since 2008 (Nick Faldo) to lead the Old Continent in the challenge against the USA scheduled in just over a year at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club. In his career he has played 4 Ryder Cups ( 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012), collecting as many successes. Instead, he has held the role of deputy captain twice: in 2018 and in 2021.
Luke Donald, MBE (Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom, December 7, 1977), is a British golfer who led the money list of the PGA Tour and the European Tour in 2011, and was seventh on the PGA Tour of 2010 and the 2006 and 2012 European Tour. He had five wins and 70 top-10s on the American tour, as well as seven wins and 54 top-10s on the European tour.
The golfer has never won a major tournament. His best finishes were third at the 2005 Augusta Masters and the 2006 PGA Championship, fourth at the Augusta Masters, fifth at the 2009 and 2012 British Open, eighth at the 2012 US Open and the PGA Championship in 2011.
Donald’s notable individual wins were the 2011 WGC Match Play and the British PGA Championship in 2011 and 2012. He also placed 2nd at the 2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, 3rd at the 2010 WGC-HSBC Champions and sixth in the WGC-Cadillac Championship in 2006, 2011 and 2012. For his part, he played four editions of the Ryder Cup with the European team, achieving 10.5 points out of 15. He also won the World Cup of Golf 2004 with the England team alongside Paul Casey, and finished second in 2005 along with David Howell.
Donald has spent 55 weeks as the No. 1 golfer in the world in 2011 and 2012, as well as 113 weeks in the top five, 219 weeks in the top ten and 376 weeks in the top twenty.
Donald played at youth level for clubs in Hazlemere and Beaconsfield. He then moved to the United States and studied art at Northwestern University in Chicago on an athletic scholarship. He was the NCAA Division I singles champion in 1999. Donald turned pro in 2001.