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Donald’s Donation Pledge
Former world number one Luke Donald has pledged to give The First Tee of Greater Chicago $1,000 for every birdie he scores at the BMW Championship this week, and $2,000 for every eagle.
Anglophile Donald, who treats the ‘Windy City’ as his home away from home, is viewed as a home favourite when playing in Chicago, and his BMW plans will no doubt make him even more popular with the home faithful this week.
The First Tee of Chicago are a charity carrying out sterling work in promoting youth development through the game of golf, and it is no surprise then that Donald has become heavily involved in their work.
Donald is now Honorary Chairman on the Board of Directors at TFTOGC, and he had this to say about his pledge plans for the week:
“Through The First Tee, youngsters discover how skills essential to success on a golf course can also help them flourish in life and I am now intent on raising as much money as possible for them this week at the BMW Championship.
I receive so much support here in Chicago that I absolutely feel like I am a local boy so I am delighted to make this pledge and be able to give back to the community that have made me feel so welcome.”
Donald hasn’t enjoyed the greatest year of his career to date, but he, the home fans, and all who support the charity will be hoping he finds his A-game this week.
Come on Luke!