Donald has major (s) goals for ´12 in follow-up to big season
Luke Donald said Wednesday, before his U.S. PGA Tour debut, that the same ingredients which led to his World No. 1 ranking in 2011, and his double money title victory would propel him his first golf major championship in 2012.
Donald, who became the first player in golf history to win the money titles on the PGA and European Tour in the same year, made his bold production just hours before teeing off in the $6.6 million dollar Northern Trust Open at historic Riviera Country Club.
“I won four times last year, that (form) should be good enough to win a major,” the Englishman said.
He said he would concentrate on his first major championship victory, in either the Masters Tournament, the U.S. or British Open and PGA Championship, even if it meant having to skip one of the tournaments he won in 2011.
‘I don’t guarantee I can defend them, it all depends on what gives me the best chance to win (a major). I have to look at my energy levels and go there fully prepared.
“I feel my game is good enough to win majors, I just have to go out there and do it.”
After playing in one European Tour event earlier this year, Donald arrived back in the U.S., in time to spend a week with his family at home in Florida, then came to the West Coast in time to participate in the World Match Play Media Day and shoot a number of commercials celebrating his 2011 success.
He sported four very visible sponsor logos in his pre-tournament press conference, saying he was excited for another golf year.
"I think the only thing that may have changed my perceptions among others is I got to be No. 1 (in the world) without being a modern day power player.”
But being number one in the season’s four most important tournaments, something Donald has never come especially close to, is his major goal for his year.
“I want to get 1 % better. I want to make minor improvements which will lead to major success,” he said.
Donald’s best ever success in golf majors have come in the first major of the year , the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, where he finished tied for fourth last year and has a tie for third in his first-ever Masters in 2005.
He has a tie for fifth in the 2009 Open Championship and a tie for third in the 2006 PGA Championship, when he played in the final group with former world No. 1 Tiger Woods, but hasn’t come any closer than that..
“I’ve always a strong self-belief and that will be enough to carry me.”
Donald, who lives in America most of the time now, still proudly wears the English Union Jack on his visor.
He said he will continue to play both professional tours this year because he wants the chance to play for Europe in the Ryder Cup this fall, in his college home town of Chicago, plus the chance to play full time in America.
“I may live in America, but I still consider myself English. You need more roundabouts here in America, there are too many red lights. That’s what I miss most.”Written by Art Stricklin
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