Donald went to Northwestern for school, playing first-time host Conway Farms in college and making the push for the club to host the erstwhile Western Open for the 2013 edition of the tournament after a year away in Indiana at Crooked Stick.
The former world No. 1, who sits at 54th in FedEx Cup points, will need a strong week to move into the top 30 and onto the playoff finale at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, but he'll also be motivated to perform by a promise he's making to donate money to charity based on his performance.
Donald has pledged to donate $1,000 for every birdie and $2,000 for every eagle he makes this week at Conway Farms to support The First Tee of Greater Chicago.
"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 said in a release.
The 13th-ranked player in the world has also hosted an annual event, The Taste of The First Tee, for the last five years which has raised more than $885,000 to benefit the organization.