Luke Donald – Golfer and Ryder Cup Captain

Inspirational Keynote Speaker -

Very few golfers have achieved sustained success individually and as a team player. Current European Ryder Cup winning captain and former World Number 1, Luke Donald MBE, has bridged the two.
With meticulous planning and leadership, Luke captained the European Ryder Cup team to a stunning victory in Rome in 2023 and was subsequently appointed to captain the team again in the United States in 2025, where he will seek to become only the second Ryder Cup captain to win back-to-back tournaments.

Taking on the mantle as captain of the European Ryder Cup Team followed successive appointments as vice-captain in 2021 and 2018, and winning the tournament as vice-captain in 2018.

Although the Ryder Cup captaincy has been at the forefront of Luke’s recent achievements, his playing career is laden with success.

Despite many in the game believing he didn’t have the ‘power’ to rise to the very top of golf, Luke was World Number 1 for a cumulative total of 56 weeks and in the world top ten for over 200 weeks.

He was also the first golfer in history to top the PGA Tour and European Tour money lists in the same year, and the first Englishman to be named PGA Player of the Year.

As a player in the European Ryder Cup team, Luke represented Europe four times, being part of the winning team on all four occasions.

This included leading from the front in the final day singles at the ‘Miracle of Medinah’ in 2012, in what many describe as one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all-time.

A hugely inspirational speaker, Luke draws on his experience of building a high-performance team, from a group of exceptional individual players, to win the 2023 Ryder Cup, and looks at what is required to retain the trophy in the United States in 2025.

He also explores the learnings and sacrifices needed to facilitate and sustain peak performance, during prosperous and lean times, and looks at why a clear strategy is paramount to success.