Luke Donald, a professional golfer from the United Kingdom, is ranked golf’s No.1 and will be announced the best golfer of this year today.
The athlete was world’s No.2 just before this last week but the situation has changed exactly at the end of it. He has beaten former No. 1 Lee Westwood on Sunday, May 29, 2011 in a playoff at the BMW Championship in Wentworth, England – one of the most important tournaments during the European PGA Tour.
Northwestern University got a great opportunity to celebrate Luke Donald’s rise because that was the place for his glorious play as part of the Wildcats’ golf team – during his students’ days.
Donald didn’t even changed his coach since then – Pat Goss was and remains his swing trainer, being irreplaceable as a head coach for his 14th season at Northeastern University.
Present No.1 golfer has fluctuated among top 10 in the recent years but his hopes for the first place have come true only last week. He missed the cut in his first tournament, then quickly obtained nine consecutive top-10 finishes. This was the period when he won the Accenture World Match Play Championship and his Sunday victory.
His trainer, Pat Gross, believes this play was a remarkable achievement in Donald’s PGA Tour career who didn’t earn any significant awards these five past years. According to Cross, “Winning that tournament meant a lot to Luke. In the back of his mind, it was bugging him that he hadn’t won on the PGA Tour since 2006. He needed to take that step forward for himself.’’
Luke Donald grown up in England, the golfer studied in NU from 1997 to 2001. When he was the member of the Wildcats, they won three Big Ten titles and were ranked college’s No. 1 team. He was also the NCAA’s individual champion in 1999.