Not just golf. Luke Donald, captain of the Europe team at the Ryder Cup 2023, at the end of the Italian Open took the opportunity to admire the beauties of Rome up close. From the Trevi Fountain to the Church of Sant’Ignazio di Loyola, from the Pantheon to the Colosseum.
The Englishman, former number 1 in the world of green, also allowed himself an ice cream in the streets of the center and, finally, a good pizza. With him, at dinner, another of the possible protagonists of the Europe team at the next Ryder Cup: the Norwegian Viktor Hovland, eleventh in the world ranking, immortalized struggling with a tonnarello cheese and pepper.
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“Goodbye Rome”, Donald’s greeting in a “stories” on Instagram. Looking forward to next year’s Ryder Cup. Although his father was Scottish, Luke Donald was born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire (therefore he calls himself half Scottish).
He began to play with his brother, who soon became his caddy. He immediately started winning his first tournaments as early as the age of 15. He attended the Royal Grammar School (High Wycombe) in his youth. He soon migrated to America to study at the College Prospects of America, under the orders of golfer Martin Laird.
He quickly made a name for himself, so much so that major American colleges wanted him as a team in exchange for a scholarship. He was also accepted at Stanford, but was unable to enter due to problems not related to golf. He then “fell back” to Northwestern University in the year 1997, where he studied art, and where he even entered a fraternity.
Under the orders of coach Pat Goss he won the NCAA Division I singles title in 1999, breaking Tiger Woods’ record. On May 29, 2011, after Virginia Waters’ victory at the BMW Pga Championship (at the last blow against fellow countryman Lee Westwood, who was also in the running for the world record as well as for the Tournament), he became Number 1 in the world ranking for the first time in career.
In 2007 in Santorini (Greece) he married Diane Antonopoulos: the two have two daughters, born respectively in 2010 and 2011. Among the personal sponsors, IMG (since 2003), RBC, Mizuno Corp (with which he also collaborates as a technical consultant for golf) and Ralph Lauren (announced in February 2007, actually dressed for them in tournaments since 2002).