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|August 7, 2014||PGA Championship||-2||40||$33,500||282||70||72||68||72|
|July 31, 2014||World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitationa||6||50||$52,500||286||73||70||72||71|
|July 24, 2014||RBC Canadian Open||–||$0||144||71||73||–||–|
|July 17, 2014||The Open Championship||4||64||$22,040||292||73||73||71||75|
|June 12, 2014||U.S. Open Championship||–||$0||146||77||69||–||–|
|May 29, 2014||the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide In||-1||49||$15,149||287||71||69||73||74|
|May 8, 2014||THE PLAYERS Championship||-2||38||$38,000||286||73||69||75||69|
|April 17, 2014||RBC Heritage||-10||2||$626,400||274||70||69||66||69|
|April 10, 2014||The Masters||–||$0||149||79||70||–||–|
|April 3, 2014||Shell Houston Open||-4||24||$50,651||284||71||71||71||71|
|March 13, 2014||Valspar Championship||-4||4||$235,600||280||71||72||67||70|
|March 6, 2014||World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship||5||25||$76,000||293||70||82||72||69|
|February 27, 2014||The Honda Classic||-5||8||$168,000||275||67||68||68||72|
|February 19, 2014||World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Cham||–||33||$48,000||–||–||–||–|
|October 31, 2013||World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions||-6||31||$68,000||282||70||71||70||71|
|September 19, 2013||TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola||-2||18||$158,400||278||70||70||67||71|
|September 12, 2013||BMW Championship||-11||4||$315,000||273||70||70||67||66|
|August 30, 2013||Deutsche Bank Championship||-8||41||$28,800||276||71||70||67||68|
|August 22, 2013||The Barclays||-1||41||$32,000||283||67||72||72||72|
|August 8, 2013||PGA Championship||–||$0||145||71||74||–||–|
|August 1, 2013||World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitationa||-4||9||$145,750||276||67||69||68||72|
|July 25, 2013||RBC Canadian Open||–||$0||144||73||71||–||–|
|July 18, 2013||The Open Championship||–||$0||152||80||72||–||–|
|June 13, 2013||U.S. Open Championship||6||8||$210,006||286||68||72||71||75|
|May 30, 2013||the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide In||-1||21||$58,202||287||73||73||71||70|
|May 9, 2013||THE PLAYERS Championship||-5||19||$107,214||283||72||69||73||69|
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|April 18, 2013||RBC Heritage||-7||3||$336,400||277||69||68||71||69|
|April 11, 2013||The Masters||2||25||$56,040||290||71||72||75||72|
|March 14, 2013||Tampa Bay Championship||-6||4||$227,333||278||70||72||67||69|
|March 7, 2013||World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship||1||43||$60,500||289||70||76||71||72|
|February 20, 2013||World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Cham||–||17||$96,000||–||–||–||–|
|February 14, 2013||Northern Trust Open||-4||16||$99,000||280||69||66||70||75|
|September 20, 2012||TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola||-6||3||$468,000||274||71||69||67||67|
|September 6, 2012||BMW Championship||-7||28||$53,200||281||66||72||72||71|
|August 31, 2012||Deutsche Bank Championship||-5||26||$54,444||279||67||72||70||70|
|August 23, 2012||The Barclays||-3||10||$160,889||281||68||74||69||70|
|August 9, 2012||PGA Championship||2||32||$42,625||290||74||76||74||66|
|August 2, 2012||World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitationa||-4||8||$128,750||276||66||69||71||70|
|July 19, 2012||The Open Championship||-2||5||$304,610||278||70||68||71||69|
|June 14, 2012||U.S. Open Championship||–||$0||151||79||72||–||–|
|May 31, 2012||the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide In||-1||12||$142,600||287||71||73||75||68|
|May 10, 2012||THE PLAYERS Championship||-9||6||$342,000||279||72||69||72||66|
|April 26, 2012||Zurich Classic of New Orleans||-17||3||$435,200||271||73||65||66||67|
|April 12, 2012||RBC Heritage||2||37||$24,510||286||75||69||71||71|
|April 5, 2012||The Masters||3||32||$45,280||291||75||73||75||68|
|March 15, 2012||Transitions Championship||-13||1||$990,000||271||67||68||70||66|
|March 8, 2012||World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship||-12||6||$260,000||276||70||68||69||69|
|February 22, 2012||World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Cham||–||33||$45,000||–||–||–||–|
|February 16, 2012||Northern Trust Open||7||56||$14,916||291||70||72||71||78|
|October 20, 2011||Children's Miracle Network Classic||-17||1||$846,000||271||66||71||70||64|
|September 22, 2011||THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola||-7||3||$418,667||273||66||68||70||69|
|September 15, 2011||BMW Championship||-8||4||$384,000||276||75||66||67||68|
|September 2, 2011||Deutsche Bank Championship||-13||3||$416,000||271||66||70||68||67|
|August 25, 2011||The Barclays||-11||18||$100,800||202||70||66||66||–|
|August 11, 2011||PGA Championship||-3||8||$224,500||277||70||71||68||68|
|August 4, 2011||WGC-Bridgestone Invitational||-13||2||$665,000||267||68||69||64||66|
|July 21, 2011||RBC Canadian Open||2||17||$78,000||282||70||73||72||67|
|July 14, 2011||The Open Championship||–||$0||146||71||75||–||–|
|June 16, 2011||U.S. Open Championship||5||45||$31,264||289||74||72||74||69|
|June 2, 2011||the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide||-8||7||$174,117||280||70||69||73||68|
|May 12, 2011||THE PLAYERS Championship||-10||4||$418,000||278||69||67||71||71|
|April 28, 2011||Zurich Classic of New Orleans||-10||8||$172,800||278||68||71||70||69|
|April 21, 2011||The Heritage||-12||2||$615,600||272||67||65||70||70|
|April 7, 2011||The Masters||-10||4||$330,667||278||72||68||69||69|
|March 10, 2011||WGC-Cadillac Championship||-11||6||$271,000||277||67||72||66||72|
|March 3, 2011||The Honda Classic||-1||10||$136,800||279||73||68||72||66|
|February 23, 2011||WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship||–||1||$1,400,000||–||–||–||–|
|February 17, 2011||Northern Trust Open||–||$0||147||68||79||–||–|
|September 23, 2010||THE TOUR Championship||-7||2||$810,000||273||66||66||71||70|
|September 9, 2010||BMW Championship||3||37||$33,000||287||68||70||72||77|
|September 3, 2010||Deutsche Bank Championship||-17||2||$560,000||267||65||67||66||69|
|August 26, 2010||The Barclays||-6||15||$116,250||278||70||72||68||68|
|August 12, 2010||PGA Championship||–||$0||149||72||77||–||–|
|August 5, 2010||WGC-Bridgestone Invitational||3||46||$50,214||283||70||69||73||71|
|July 22, 2010||RBC Canadian Open||-12||3||$346,800||268||69||66||67||66|
|July 15, 2010||The Open Championship||-5||11||$125,439||283||73||72||69||69|
|June 17, 2010||U.S. Open Championship||14||47||$23,385||298||71||75||74||78|
|May 6, 2010||THE PLAYERS Championship||-5||26||$68,875||283||67||69||72||75|
|April 15, 2010||Verizon Heritage||-10||3||$330,600||274||69||68||67||70|
|April 8, 2010||The Masters||–||$0||149||74||75||–||–|
|April 1, 2010||Shell Houston Open||–||$0||148||73||75||–||–|
|March 18, 2010||Transitions Championship||-7||6||$187,650||277||71||68||67||71|
|March 11, 2010||WGC-CA Championship||-4||26||$75,500||284||70||75||69||70|
|February 17, 2010||WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship||–||9||$140,000||–||–||–||–|
|February 11, 2010||AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am||-9||16||$93,000||277||70||65||71||71|
|February 4, 2010||Northern Trust Open||-14||2||$691,200||270||68||70||66||66|
Luke Donald: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
While other players around his age and talent level are winning majors, Donald seems stuck in neutral. Nearly $2 million in earnings is quite the season for just about anyone, but we've come to expect more from Donald. We've seen his upside, he's blown by the $2 million dollar mark in previous years, but it seems like we haven't seen his best form in quite a while. The good news is, at this price, he's worth the pick in salary cap leagues because there's virtually no risk and a lot of upside. In draft leagues he could be taken as early as the 10-20 range.
Few players on the PGA TOUR can earn $3.5 million and underperform, as Donald did last season. Of course, when you earn $6.6 million the previous season, expectations are going to be high. Not only did Donald disappoint from an earnings perspective, but he also came up empty at the majors. Donald is the rare player, though, who has the potential to destroy a number in the mid-$3-million range. Heck, he did it just two years ago. The down side with Donald is the number of events he skips. Donald played in only 17 events last season and 19 in 2011. The upside is he plays in all the big events. He'll have to make the trips to those events count this year if he's going to improve his earnings from last season, but he's certainly capable. Donald is a pretty solid pick in salary cap leagues this year and should go late first round or early second round in draft leagues.
It only took about five, six years, but Donald finally lived up to the lofty expectations last year. Actually, Donald exceeded expectations last season, but even though he captured the money title, as well as two victories and a whopping 14 Top-10s, he's still missing something rather large on his resume - a major title. It's only a matter of time, however, as Donald has proven he can handle the spotlight. He just needs to put it all together during a major and the titles should start flowing. That's the good news. The bad news is he's priced way too high to consider in a salary draft. In a regular draft, he's among a small group of players to consider drafting first overall.
Was 2010 the breakout year everyone expected from Donald? The numbers would say so as a he earned a career-high $3.6 million. Noticeably absent from his 2010 resume, however, is a notch in the win column. In fact, it was Donald's fourth consecutive season on the PGA TOUR without a victory. This is a case where the earnings do not tell the entire story. Sure, his numbers in 2010 look solid, but Donald is too talented to go through an entire season without a win. On the bright side, he earned five top-3s last season, which shows that he was close to winning multiple times in 2010. Donald will eventually close one out, and it will likely happen early in the season. Expect Donald to get back into the winner's circle in 2011, possibly more than once. Donald is a master around and on the greens, but getting to those greens often proves troublesome for him.
Perhaps no golfer has teased us more than Luke Donald over the last five years. One tournament he looks like the next big thing, and the next he disappears and can't be found with a searchlight. There's no way to know for certain if 2010 will be his breakout year, but as long as he finds success here and there you might as well take a shot with him. Unlike many other players near this spot on the money list, Donald has the talent to crack $3 million, or even $4 million, in earnings this season. He ranked 31st in the 2008 Official World Golf Rankings but improved slightly in moving up to 28th at the end of 2009.
Donald played in only 11 events last year. Unless you expect the same this year, there's absolutely no reason to pass on him. Donald is a must have at this price. While he may not make a return to his better years this season, at worst he's looking at $2 million.
2007 was supposed to be a break-out year for Donald, but he wasn't able to take his game to the next level. Perhaps getting married in the middle of the season was a distraction. Whatever the reason, Donald comes into 2008 as one of the best value picks on the board. According to the 2007 money list, Donald is ranked 29th, but he should be a top-20 pick in draft leagues and nearly a must have in salary cap leagues. Donald underwent wrist surgery on August 11 to correct damage incurred in the U. S. Open. He is not expected back until the spring of 2009.
Think of Donald as Adam Scott light. Almost as much potential as Scott, and almost as accomplished to this point. Perhaps the best trait that Donald has to offer is the ability to make money every time out. In 18 events last year he missed only one cut. More astounding is that once he makes the cut, he rarely blows the opportunity. Of the 16 cuts made last year, he finished outside the top 25 only twice. Consistency plus potential, now that's a great formula. There is no reason to think he won't again improve in 2007.
Luke Donald was going to be a really good pick this year. That is, until he won the Target World Challenge. Donald had done, or not done, just enough to come in under the radar for 2006. Now, he'll be a pretty popular pick. That doesn't change the fact he's in for a good season, but it might limit the effectiveness against teams in your league because he'll be on a lot of rosters.
Cool Hand Luke has a chance to double the $1.6 million he made last year if a few things fall right for him in 2005. Just 27, he's one of the brightest up-and-comers in the game right now (notable for his superb iron play). Donald won twice on the European Tour in 2004, and he had four top-10s on the PGA Tour. He also took a spot on the winning European Ryder Cup team.
Donald will be a tough golfer to try and figure out going into the 2004 campaign. He has all the skills to win on tour, but he's got to be more consistent off the tee and make a few more putts. We don't predict a win for him in 2004, but 2005 looks very possible.