While most golfers on the European Tour are enjoying the sun in Abu Dhabi ahead of their tee off for the year, former world number one Luke Donald is in another bright and sunny spot in Honolulu as he readies himself to tee off at the Sony Open, targeting a return back to the top.
Donald hasn’t had the best of times over the last couple of years and he knows this very well and while he can play in some of the European Tour events to get back his rhythm, he knows he does well on the West Coast Swing of the US PGA Tour and with the Sony Open teeing off next week, he hopes it will give him the impetus he so badly needs.
This is a year that Donald has chalked out for getting back to his strengths, and his roots as well.
In order to shore up his play in the majors, the Englishman decided to bring in a new swing coach last season but realised midway through the campaign that it was not going to work. But it had already cost him dearly. He had been knocked out of the top thirty in the rankings and was overlooked for the Ryder Cup team.
Luke Donald said that he actually dined with Justin Rose before he went off to join the Ryder Cup team and he said that it wasn’t awkward and he knew he didn’t perform well enough to be in the team.
With his former coach from Northwestern Pat Goss back, Luke Donald feels that he has a much better chance of getting back to his best. Goss knows his play inside out and he believes he can be the one to provide the impetus he needs to return to winning ways and soon.