While WGC-Dell Match Play puts up the best a stern test only 2 weeks before the Masters, Puerto Rico Open concentrates more on giving hope.
The event that had long been played opposite WGC Cadillac Championship, now sees this against the 2nd WGC upshot of the year. And when its participants might not have a lot of household names, this year Puerto Rico boasts a duo of former Ryder Cup mates in Luke Donald and Ian Poulter
, each looking for answers.
In 2010, Ian won the match-play event, and this notes the very first time he is missing the event since the year 2003. The Brit was 1st alternate and had stayed at home in Orlando in the expectations of someone drawing back from 64 man field, but he headed for Isle of Enchantment when it was very clear that would not take place.
On Wednesday, Ian told that obviously the decision to come here was an easy one. The obvious choice for him at this point of time is to keep playing golf. Weeks off does not do him any good. Looking at his numbers, he has just been hitting a couple of poor shots per round, but those poor shots have been very damaging.
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Former world number one English professional golfer Luke Donald confirmed that he will play in next month’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open along with US Open champion Martin Kaymer at Royal County Down. The richest Irish tour now includes 5 current or former players who have been world number one like current Number One Rory McIlroy, Els, Kaymer Donald, Ernie, and Lee Westwood and 8 Major Champions McIlroy, Kaymer, Els, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington, José Maria Olazábal and Paul Lawrie. McIlroy’s charity and The Rory Foundation are hosting the Irish Open to support and promote the event in his native Down. The tournament will take place from May 38-31. The Dubai Duty Free is the title sponsor of the tour and the prize fund will increase by 25% to €2.5 million with the 2015 champion taking home €416,660. Last year Mikko Ilonen won the title and took home €333,330.
The championship director Antonia Beggs has said that Rory wishes to reel in more big names in the tournament. 20,000 spectators per day will be able to attend, whereas during the Sunday’s final round they are already close to a sell-out. 22% of the tickets have been bought from outside Northern Ireland. Continue reading “Luke Donald To Play The Irish Open Along With Other Big Names”
Luke Donald is a professional golfer from England who currently plays on both the European Tour as well as the US PGA Tour. A former world number one, Donald mainly plays on the US based PGA Tour but he retains his membership with the European Tour.
2011 was the best season in the career of Donald as he won several accolades and events, including the money list of the US PGA Tour, as well as the European Tour’s Race to Dubai to complete a historic double, therefore, becoming the first player in the history of the sport to win the money list in both the European and US PGA Tours. That same year, he was named as the European Tour Golfer of the Year and the US PGA Tour Player of the Year, another feat that has not been matched.
Donald is the first Englishman in history to win the US PGA Tour Player of the Year award, the Mark H. McCormack Award as well as the Vardon Trophy. The European Tour granted Luke Donald an honorary life membership for the achievements he had during that year.
After he won the BMW PGA Championship in 2011, Donald catapulted himself to the top of the Official World Golf Rankings, holding the position for 40 weeks before being displaced by Rory McIlroy. The pair of them then briefly changed positions a couple of times before the Northern Irishman tightened his grip on the position. Continue reading “Luke Donald is a professional golfer from England”