Donald to donate to First Tee Chicago at BMW


No stranger to the Chicago area, Luke Donald has pledged to give back to his adopted hometown through his performance at this week's BMW Championship.

According to a Reuters report, the Englishman plans to donate $1,000 per birdie and $2,000 per eagle this week to the First Tee of Greater Chicago, which helps to educate junior golfers. 

Though he hails from England, Donald won an NCAA title while at Northwestern University in nearby Evanston and still calls the Chicago area home. A member at Conway Farms Golf Club, the former world No. 1 was also instrumental in bringing this week's event to a venue he knows better than most.

'I receive so much support here in Chicago that I absolutely feel like I am a local boy,' explained Donald. 'I am delighted to make this pledge and be able to give back to the community that have made me feel so welcome.'

After a lackluster 2013 campaign, the Englishman will need birdies by the handful this week in the Windy City should he advance further in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Donald enters the BMW Championship 54th in the playoff points race, with just one top-40 finish in his last six starts dating back to the British Open. While point projections will remain fluid this week in Chicago, Donald will likely need a top-five finish at Conway Farms to give himself any chance of advancing to next week's Tour Championship at East Lake.