Long recognized in golfing circles, Luke Donald has now been acknowledged by royalty.
The Englishman visited Buckingham Palace Friday, where he was awarded the MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). The MBE honors civilians and service personnel for public service and other distinctions.
In his professional career, Donald has spent 55 weeks atop the Official World Golf Rankings. In 2011, he became the first player to top the earnings list on both the PGA Tour and European Tour. Next week, he begins his title defense at the BMW PGA Championship, where he has won the past two years.
Donald has also shown a charitable side, helping raise funds for The First Tee, inspiring young players to take up the game, while learning core life values.
“I am truly honored to be awarded an MBE by her Majesty,” Donald said. “Both personally and professionally, 2011 and 2012 were very significant seasons for me and I’m touched that my accomplishments have been recognized in this way.”