Tag Archives: Luke Donald

Jun
12
2016

2016 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying

There were tons of great storylines coming out of the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier in Columbus on Monday. There were so many that I nearly drove myself crazy trying to write about them all. Well, I didn’t quite get to everyone since I spent about 2,000 words waxing lyrical about why the sectional qualifier is the greatest day in golf. (Thanks for bearing with me if you read that, but it really is!)

This year in Columbus there were 103 players competing for 13 spots at Kinsale and Wedgewood.

Here’s a breakdown of the main stories coming out of Columbus, and I don’t care if none of these guys make the cut or are never heard from again (but there are some “big” names, so doubt that will be the case). 

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Mar
7
2016

FowlerAce

Rickie Fowler came through in the clutch on Monday, holing out from 111 yards with a pitching wedge — which he had borrowed from Luke Donald — in a special 19th hole charity challenge at Old Palm Golf Club that benefited the Ernie Els for Autism event. Oh, yeah, and it was worth $1 million. Yep, Fowler’s ace raised a million bucks for Els’ charity.

The reaction to the moment — in a video captured by Old Palm assistant pro Derek Swoboda — is priceless:

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Jun
28
2015

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The first-place check and trophy wasn’t the only reward up for grabs this week at the Travelers Championship — and it didn’t mandate a win. Sought-after spots in next month’s Open Championship at the famed St. Andrews, otherwise known as the Home of Golf, were granted to the highest-finishing four players who aren’t already qualified that placed T12 or better at TPC River Highlands. 

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May
22
2015
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

The body language says it all for Rory McIlroy, doesn’t it? The world no. 1 hung in there on the front nine at even par, but fatigue caught up with him on the back and he shot a six-over 78 to miss the cut at the BMW PGA Championship.

Despite expressing his slight disappointment that he wouldn’t be able to attempt to defend his title at Wentworth over the weekend, there’s a silver lining that comes with having the weekend off — which is exactly that.

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May
19
2015
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

In case you missed the live interviews on Periscope — since it was dark-o-clock in the U.S. — I spoke with Nicolas Colsaerts, Luke Donald, Matteo Manassero and Mikko Ilonen this morning at Wentworth, the site of the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. (Don’t worry, I asked if I could use the live-streaming app in advance and received permission from the European Tour, which has different media regulations, and I’m pretty much allowed to Periscope until the cows come home from Monday-Wednesday.)

First, let’s check out my chat with the legendary Nicolas Colsaerts:


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Mar
29
2015

Forget it………

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A group of pretty good athletes hung out while they were on vacation in Baker’s Bay in the Bahamas this week. Michael Jordan, winner of six NBA Championships and Tom Brady, four-time Super Bowl champion — quite arguably the greatest of all-time in their respective sports — got together with Keegan Bradley, who has won one major championship, and Luke Donald, who has placed in the top 10 at a TON of tournaments, teed it up for some golf, as you can see in the photo above.

(Aside: T-shirts, guys [with exception of Donald]? How do we feel about that on the golf course? I don’t really care. I was just more shocked at the sight of it since it’s become so weird to see people not wearing polos on a course. I guess when you’re at uber-uber-exclusive places, any attire flies — or you buy the right. Whichever.)

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Dec
5
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Humor

If you travel to play in a golf tournament in South Africa, you may encounter unique, unexpected hazards and widlife — one of them is getting chased by a baboon, which is exactly what happened to Luke Donald, who holds the halfway lead at the Nedbank Challenge.

The Englishman’s most significant challenge may have been evading the charging creature. He was warned by playing partner Shane Lowry of the possible threat.

“It didn’t really pay any attention to me, but gave me a bit of a fright when Shane said, ‘watch out!” said Donald, who fired a nine-under 63 to take a two-shot advantage heading into the weekend.

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Sep
2
2014

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley announced his three wildcard picks on Tuesday afternoon at Wentworth, home of the European Tour’s headquarters. McGinley had been rather open about his choices, saying on Sunday he had narrowed it down to five names: Luke Donald, Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter, Francesco Molinari and Lee Westwood.

Turns out McGinley went with form and experience in selecting Gallacher, the local hero who missed out qualifying automatically by a stroke, Ian Poulter, the Ryder Cup wizard, and Lee Westwood, the experienced veteran with a strong record.

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Aug
29
2014

It’s not just the Americans who are holding their breaths in hopes of getting a captain’s pick for next month’s Ryder Cup. The deadline to make the European team on points is this Sunday, August 31st, which technically means the PGA Tour’s Deutsche Bank Championship ending on Monday doesn’t count towards the standings.

Ryder Cup juggernaut Ian Poulter is on the outside looking in and needs Captain Paul McGinley to give him the official nod (which, lets be real, it’s a lock). Poulter helped his case on Friday, firing a four-under 67 to put him in a tie for sixth after the first round.

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Apr
24
2014
By WUP Staff under By the Numbers
Shockign: Tiger wins a lot when he's in contention

Shocking: Tiger wins a lot when he’s in contention

If you’ve been watching the PGA Tour for the past month, then you’ve seen a great deal of Matt Kuchar. If you are like me (and you should be thankful you’re not), you were sitting there pondering to yourself, “Man, this guy sure seems to get into contention a lot, but doesn’t seem to win that much.” Again, if you are me, you then set out to see how often players on the PGA Tour really convert good finishes into wins (this is probably when you should start pointing and laughing and being glad you’re not like me). 

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