It’s not just golf. Ryder Cup 2023 European team captain Luke Donald took the opportunity to admire the beauties of Rome up close at the end of the Italian Open. From the Trevi Fountain to the Church of Sant’Ignazio di Loyola, from the Pantheon to the Colosseum.
The English former No. 1 in the green world also allowed ice cream and finally good pizza on the streets of the center. With him, at dinner, another of the possible protagonists of the European team at the next Ryder Cup: Norwegian Victor Hovland, ranked eleventh in the world, a tonnarello immortal to fight with cheese and pepper.
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“Goodbye Rome,” Donald’s greeting in “Stories” on Instagram. We look forward to next year’s Ryder Cup. Although his father is Scottish, Luke Donald was born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire (so he calls himself half Scottish).
He started playing with his brother, who soon became his caddy. He won his first competition at the age of 15. As a youth he attended the Royal Grammar School (High Wycombe). Soon after, he went to the United States to study at the College Prospects of America under the command of golfer Martin Laird.
He quickly made a name for himself, so that major American colleges sought him as a group for scholarships. He was also accepted to Stanford, but was unable to get in due to golf-related problems. Then in the year In 1997, he “returned” to Northwestern University, where he studied art and even joined a fraternity.
At the behest of coach Pat Goss, In 1999, he broke Tiger Woods’ record for most NCAA Division I singles wins. In the year May 29, 2011 Virginia Waters after winning the BMW Pga Championship (losing in the final to fellow countryman Lee Westwood, who was a contender for both the world record and the tournament). World class for the first time in his career.
In the year He married Diane Antonopoulos in Santorini (Greece) in 2007: they both have two daughters born in 2010 and 2011. Private sponsors include IMG (since 2003), RBC, Mizuno Corp (with whom he collaborates as a technical consultant for golf) and Ralph Lauren (since 2003).