Monday 19 February 2018

Donald proves 'plodders' can go the distance

Mark Garrod

Luke Donald has struck a blow for every golfer who cannot smash the ball out of sight -- it does not mean you are doomed to failure.

Donald's victory in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson, completed with a win over new world No 1 Martin Kaymer, offers hope for all those players Tiger Woods calls "plodders".

The 33-year-old Englishman, now third in the world behind Kaymer and Lee Westwood, ranked 177th out of 192 with an average driving distance of 277 yards on the PGA Tour in America last season.

After his first title in the States for five years, Donald said: "Probably back in 2007, if you want to really know the truth, I think I decided to try to hit the ball a little bit farther to try to catch up to some of my peers.

"I think it made my swing get off kilter and it's taken a good two or three years for it to get back to almost where I need it to be."

"I think, unfairly, I've kind of been depicted as someone that is very happy contending and picking up cheques, but doesn't really care about winning. That's as far away from the truth as it can be."

Irish Independent

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