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Top 30 Golfers for the 2014 Majors: No. 25 Luke Donald


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2014 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 25: Luke Donald

Born: Dec. 7, 1977, Hemel Hempstead, England | Career PGA Tour Wins: 5 (7 on European Tour)  |2013 Wins (Worldwide): 0| 2013 Earnings (PGA Tour): $1,930,646 (36th) World Ranking: 25

Brandel Chamblee's Take

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Luke Donald finished in the top ten 14 times in 2011, eight times in 2012 and just five times in 2013. As Luke has fought to make changes in his long game — always somewhat of a hindrance — his spectacular short game has become less dependable, and now he seems to be caught in a state of flux. Understandable, however, is his desire to make changes, as he has done just about everything in golf — ascending to the No. 1 spot in the world and winning both the U.S. and European money titles in the same year — except for win a major championship. To this pursuit he has enlisted the help of the teacher Chuck Cook, who has counted the late three-time major champion Payne Stewart and most recently Jason Dufner among his many students. If the changes take hold and Luke’s short game comes back, Donald might finally get that major.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 41
Wins: 0

2013 Performance:
Masters - T25
U.S. Open - T8
British Open - Cut
PGA Championship - Cut

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T3 (2005)
U.S. Open - T8 (2013)
British Open - T5 (2009, 2012)
PGA Championship - T3 (2006)
Top-10 Finishes: 8
Top-25 Finishes: 15
Missed Cuts: 14

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.

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