Donald form shaping up for Augusta
WORLD No 3 Luke Donald believes he is shaping up to challenge for a first major title at the US Masters next month.
But the Ryder Cup star will first aim to defy the effects of jetlag and a 12-hour time difference to claim an eighth victory on the European Tour in the Maybank Malaysian Open this week.
Donald finished fourth in the defence of his Tampa Bay Championship on the US Tour at the weekend and thinks he is finding top form at an important stage of the season.
“The results in my first couple of events weren’t as I’d have liked but last week there was a lot of improvement,” said Donald. “I’ve felt a lot more comfortable with my game in the last couple of weeks and a lot more in control of the golf ball. I had a lot more chances and had a decent chance to defend my title.
“I came up a little short in the end but the game feels like it’s trending in the right direction. We’ve got the Masters in a few weeks’ time and I’m excited about that.”
Donald finished third on his Masters debut in 2005 and almost created history in 2011 when he won the par-3 contest and went on to finish fourth in the tournament proper. No player has ever won both in the same year.
The Ryder Cup star only arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday but does not expect to have too many problems coping with the long flight and 12-hour time difference from the United States. “I’ve travelled a lot as a golfer and that has certainly helped me become a global player; learning how to deal with different courses, different grasses and different types of competition,” he added. “Those are the things that make me a good player.”
Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is also in the field this week.
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