THE MASTERS 2014

  10 - 13 April

Luke Donald

Luke Donald: Has twice finished in the top four at Augusta

Luke Donald: Has twice finished in the top four at Augusta

The much travelled Englishman - Luke was born in Hemel Hempstead, is half-Scottish, studied in Illinois and has a house in Florida - had an incredible year in 2011 and, after a slow start, has found the winning touch again in 2012.

Fact Box

  • Luke was number one in the world rankings for 40 weeks before being knocked off the top by Rory McIlroy in March 2012.
  • Not only is Luke a collector of contemporary art, he also had one of his own paintings auctioned for charity.
  • Luke has his own wine brand, one 'ripe with flavour and subtle texture'. He says it goes best with most cooked meats or salmon.

At the start of 2011 there was no sign of what was to come when he missed the cut on his seasonal debut at Riviera. But by the end of the campaign he had risen to world number one and become the first man to win the Money Lists on both sides of the Atlantic.

The key was turning consistent finishes into wins and he did that by capturing the WGC-Accenture Match Play in February, the prestigious BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May, the Barclays Scottish Open in July and the PGA Tour season-ending Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in October.

The only thing missing was a first major.

Luke's best attempt came at Augusta when he got right in the mix on Sunday before finding water on the short par three 12th. That effectively ended his chances but Donald didn't give up and even managed to chip in at the last for a birdie three which elevated him to tied fourth.

That finish was his best since his excellent third on debut in 2005 and, having also made the top ten in 2007, it's no surprise to hear that Donald says he feels comfortable at the course.

He drives the ball longer than many think and has a short game to die for so is a good fit for Augusta.

After looking slugglish in the early months of 2012 and losing his world number one status to Rory McIlroy, Luke grabbed it back in thrilling style by winning a four-man play-off at the Transitions Championship in Florida.

That new confidence boost so close to The Masters must give him a golden chance of becoming England's first Masters winner since Nick Faldo in 1996.

Luke's Vital Stats

  • DOB: 07/12/1977
  • Nationality: England
  • Height: 5ft 9