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Woods seeks to end major drought at British Open

GULLANE, Scotland, July 17 (UPI) -- The world's oldest golf tournament opens Thursday on the firm, fast fairways of Muirfield with Tiger Woods hoping to end a drought in major events.

Mickelson back to fifth in world golf rankings

VIRGINIA WATER, England, July 15 (UPI) -- Phil Mickelson leaps to No. 5 in the men's world golf rankings with his win at the European Tour's Scottish Open.
McDowell rises to sixth in world golf rankings

McDowell rises to sixth in world golf rankings

VIRGINIA WATER, England, July 8 (UPI) -- Graeme McDowell's third win in as many months boosts him three places to No. 6 in the updated men's world golf rankings.

Haas now 24th in golf rankings; Snedeker moves up in Top 10

VIRGINIA WATER, England, July 1 (UPI) -- A win at the AT&T National lifts Bill Haas five spots in the world rankings and Brandt Snedeker moves higher in the Top 10 this week.
Els, Duke use titles to jump in world golf rankings

Els, Duke use titles to jump in world golf rankings

VIRGINIA WATER, England, June 24 (UPI) -- Golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els and first-time PGA Tour winner Ken Duke climb in the men's world golf rankings, which were updated Monday.
Rose up to No. 3 in golf rankings; Mickelson sixth

Rose up to No. 3 in golf rankings; Mickelson sixth

VIRGINIA WATER, England, June 17 (UPI) -- Justin Rose won his first major tournament title, taking the U.S. Open by two strokes and moving to No. 3 in the men's world golf rankings.
Justin Rose holds off Phil Mickelson for U.S. Open championship

Justin Rose holds off Phil Mickelson for U.S. Open championship

ARDMORE, Pa., June 16 (UPI) -- Justin Rose parred the final two holes and held off a late challenge from Phil Mickelson Sunday, claiming the U.S. Open with a round of even-par 70.
Phil Mickelson holds one-shot lead after Round 3 of U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson holds one-shot lead after Round 3 of U.S. Open

ARDMORE, Pa., June 15 (UPI) -- Phil Mickelson carded an even-par 70 Saturday, holding onto a one-shot lead as the only player to end under par after three rounds of the U.S. Open.
Mickelson, Horschel share U.S. Open lead

Mickelson, Horschel share U.S. Open lead

ARDMORE, Pa., June 14 (UPI) -- Phil Mickelson holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the final green Friday to share the lead with Billy Horschel in the suspended second round of the U.S. Open.
Luke Donald leads U.S. Open when first-round play halted

Luke Donald leads U.S. Open when first-round play halted

ARDMORE, Pa., June 13 (UPI) -- Luke Donald made three straight birdies just before sunset Thursday and had a one-shot lead when play was halted in the first round of the U.S. Open.
Tiger Woods has strong hold on No.1 ranking going into U.S. Open

Tiger Woods has strong hold on No.1 ranking going into U.S. Open

VIRGINIA WATER, England, June 10 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods occupies the No. 1 ranking in the world men's golf rankings going into this week's U.S. Open, the second major tournament of the year.
Matt Kuchar moves to fourth in golf rankings

Matt Kuchar moves to fourth in golf rankings

VIRGINIA WATER, England, June 3 (UPI) -- Matt Kuchar jumped to No. 4 in the men's world golf rankings after winning the Memorial Tournament.
McDowell moves to seventh in world golf rankings

McDowell moves to seventh in world golf rankings

VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 20 (UPI) -- Graeme McDowell's victory at the Volvo World Match Play tournament boosts him to seventh in the men's world golf rankings.
Tiger Woods, ranked No. 1, nears PGA title record

Tiger Woods, ranked No. 1, nears PGA title record

VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 13 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods solidified his spot at the top of the men's world golf rankings with a win at the Players Championship.

Ernst, Rumford rise in world golf rankings

VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 6 (UPI) -- First-time PGA winner Derek Ernst rockets up the men's golf rankings and back-to-back European Tour winner Brett Rumford is back in the Top 100 as of Monday.
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Luke Donald
Britain's Luke Donald plays an approach shot during his practice round at the 135th Open Championship in Liverpool on July 18, 2006. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)
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Luke Campbell Donald (born 7 December 1977) is an English professional golfer who is the current World Number One. He plays mainly on the U.S. based PGA Tour but, is also a member of the European Tour. In 2006 he reached the top ten in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career. In January 2007, he was briefly the highest ranked European golfer. In May 2011 Donald became number one in the World Rankings after winning the BMW PGA Championship. He has spent over 100 weeks in the top-10.

Although his father is from Stranraer in southwest Scotland, Luke Donald was born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. He has described himself as "half Scottish". Luke Donald and his brother Christian played junior golf at Hazlemere and Beaconsfield Golf Clubs. Christian caddied for Luke. Luke was the club champion of Beaconsfield twice, winning the championship first at the age of 15. He attended the Rudolf Steiner School in Kings Langley (www.rsskl.org) and later the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe.

Coming from England, he joined College Prospects of America, a service also employed by golfer Martin Laird, which created a résumé for him and sent it to all the major colleges and universities in the United States. Several coaches responded, including Wally Goodwin at Stanford University. Goodwin recruited Donald to join his golf squad, but Donald was not admitted to the university.

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