Luke Donald is a professional English golfer and a former world number one, currently playing in two of the biggest golf tours in the world, the United States of America based US PGA Tour and the European Tour.
The Englishman has several accolades under his belt but perhaps his greatest year in terms of achievements remains the 2011 season during which he won several tournaments and the money list of the US PGA Tour as well as the Race to Dubai of the European Tour, completing a historic double, therefore, becoming the first player in the history of the sport to top both the lists in the same year.
That same year, he was named Golfer of the Year for both the European Tour and the US PGA Tour as well, becoming the first ever Englishman to win the US PGA Tour Player of the Year award. Luke Donald climbed to the top of the Official Golf World Rankings in May 2011 and held the position for a whopping 40 weeks before he was briefly dethroned in March 2012 by the up and coming Rory McIlroy.
The two would go on to exchanged positions before his successful defence of the BMW PGA Championship saw him return to the top of the rankings. Donald would hold on to the position for a further ten weeks before he was dethroned on a permanent basis by McIlroy.
In all, Donald spent a cumulative 56 weeks at the top of the rankings as well as a further 200 weeks inside the top ten before falling out of the list on the back of a dodgy season in 2013.
Luke Donald was awarded the MBE award by the United Kingdom and Queen Elizabeth II in her birthday honours in 2012 for his services to golf.