Luke Donald in Dubai for the opening of 2024

Luke Donald, the triumphant captain of the 44th Ryder Cup in history, will be in contention for the Dubai Invitational (January 11-14)

by Andrea Gussoni
Luke Donald in Dubai for the opening of 2024
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Luke Donald, the triumphant captain of the 44th Ryder Cup in history, will be in contention for the Dubai Invitational (January 11-14); an alliance tournament of 60 professionals and 60 amateurs. He will meet the best golfers such as Rory McIlroy, Nicolai Højgaard, Tommy Fleetwood and Ryan Fox.

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Now confirmed as captain of the European team for the 2025 Ryder Cup in Bethpage (New York), the 46-year-old Donald shone in the last edition, scoring a convincing victory against the United States in Rome on 1 last October (16.5 to 11.5).

He is now ready for the first tournament of 2024 on the DP World Tour, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates. The Englishman will reunite with several of his Ryder Cup players such as Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, Dane Nicolai Højgaard and his compatriot Tommy Fleetwood.

They will be joined by New Zealander Ryan Fox, who finished 5th in the Race to Dubai 2023. It will be an exciting competition that will see the best golf players in the world compete. The Dubai Invitational is a new essential International Swing tournament which brings together 60 professionals and 60 amateurs.

The Pro-Am will take place over three days, from Thursday to Saturday, followed by a final round on Sunday exclusively reserved for professionals. Golfers Højgaard and Fox, members of the PGA Tour 2024, will mark their absence during the Sony Open In Hawaii, where Paul Barjon, Victor Perez and Matthieu Pavon will represent France.

This competition promises to be marked by competitiveness and remarkable performances, capable of fueling the passion of all golf enthusiasts Although his father was Scottish, Luke Donald was born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire (therefore he defines himself as half-Scottish).

He began playing with his brother, who soon became his caddy. He immediately began winning his first tournaments at the age of 15. He attended the Royal Grammar School (High Wycombe) in his youth. He soon migrated to America to study at the Prospects College of America, under the orders of golfer Martin Laird.

He quickly made a name for himself, so much so that the major American colleges wanted him on their team in exchange for a scholarship. He was also accepted into Stanford, but was unable to get in due to problems unrelated to golf.

He therefore "fell back" to Northwestern University in AD 1997, where he studied art, and where he even joined a fraternity. Under coach Pat Goss he won the NCAA Division I singles title in 1999, breaking Tiger Woods' record.

On 29 May 2011, after Virginia Waters' victory at the BMW Pga Championship (at the last shot against her compatriot Lee Westwood, who was also in the running for the world record as well as for the Tournament), she became number 1 in the world ranking for first time in his career. .

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