For Luke Donald, A Chance At Redemption
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/12/13
2013 has been an unpleasant year on the course for Luke Donald. The Englishman missed two European Tour cuts for the first time ever, then shot 75 on Sunday at the U.S. Open to fall out of contention. Then he missed the cuts at the Open Championship at Muirfield and the PGA Championship at Oak Hill.
A change of coaches and some familiar scenery might help him this week at the BMW Championship outside Chicago.
Donald recently cut ties with instructor Pat Goss, with whom he worked for more than a decade. He had considered working with Tiger's coach:
"I talked to Sean briefly about the possibility of working together, just to get his thoughts, and he came back to me with a very honest answer, that he didn't think, considering what he had on his plate, that he could give me 100 percent of the commitment I needed. I work pretty hard, and I told him I wanted to work hard and I wanted to put in a lot of time, and he was worried that having a young family and all the responsibility that he has that he wouldn't be able to give me that 100 percent commitment, and I totally understand that."Instead, Foley suggested Chuck Cook, whose student Jason Dufner just won the PGA Championship. In fact, Donald and Cook began working together at the PGA.
Donald comes into this week's BMW Championship ranked 54th in the FedEx Cup standings, but the tournament represents a unique opportunity for the Englishman. Donald has been a member at the host site, Conway Farms Golf Club, for over a decade and is considered by some locals to be the "semi-host" of the event.
It certainly also stands to help Donald that he and his family live in nearby Northfield, Illinois, so this is, quite literally, a "home game" for the Ryder Cup star.
Read an interesting golf article? Tip Your Editor!
Image via Flickr, Keith Allison
[ comments ]
I'll be routing for Luke & hope he does well this week.
I watched him on the range tuesday. He looked a bit off.
He didn't lose the tourney on day 1 (-1) but he's already 7 off the lead. He'll need to do better than that to move up the leaderboard...
[ post comment ]