Donald awarded OBE in Queen’s birthday honors
Luke Donald has been recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for
spending almost a year at the top of golf’s world rankings.
The Englishman, who has spent 48 weeks as No. 1 since May last
year, was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in
the Queen’s birthday honors list released on Saturday.
Donald also topped money lists on both sides of the Atlantic in
2011 – an unprecedented achievement – but still hasn’t won a major
”I am truly honored to be awarded an MBE by Her Majesty,
particularly in her Jubilee year,” Donald said from the U.S. Open
in San Francisco.
Former England football goalkeeper David James and recently
retired Wales rugby winger Shane Williams were also awarded
Showjumper Nick Skelton, who is set to compete in the London
Olympics, was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Donald has won six tournaments – three in the United States and
three on the European Tour – over the past two seasons and is set
to be part of Europe’s Ryder Cup team to face the U.S. in Medinah,
near Chicago, in September.
”Both 2011 and 2012 have been very significant years for me,
both personally and professionally, and I am touched that my
accomplishments have been recognised in this way,” Donald
Compatriot Lee Westwood, who also became No. 1 for the first
time in 2011, received an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honors last