Donald Starts Season As World #1

The New York Times has a nice piece on Luke Donald, who starts his PGA Tour season this week at the Northern Trust Open.

One bit I found interesting is how he’s dealing with the usual “how can you be number one if you haven’t won a major” criticism:

“I think the way in which I won in Disney helped, and winning both money titles,” Donald said. “People, especially my peers, realized what an accomplishment that was, playing a limited schedule and pulling off both money titles. I think I went up in the estimation of my peers.”

As for the majors?

That’s a priority.

The Masters is two months away, and Donald is building toward that. He’ll play the next two weeks, including his first title defense at the Match Play Championship, then play consecutive weeks in Florida at Doral and Tampa.

Donald talks about a strong will to succeed, and there’s no reason to think that won’t apply during the four biggest weeks of the year.

“I feel like my game is good enough right now to win majors,” Donald said. “I don’t feel like there’s a huge weakness. If I can win four times in a year, I should be able to win a major. There are still things I can improve on to give myself better opportunities.”

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1 thought on “Donald Starts Season As World #1”

  1. I would like to see Luke Donald win a major this year just to consolidate his position as the number golfer in the world.

    He has earned the right to be in that position and a big major victory would just reinforce it.


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