London: Luke Donald has been at the top of golf’s world rankings for a total of 52 weeks, and even if that period of supremacy has been accumulated over four separate spells it still adds up to a whole year of being the undisputed No. 1 player on the planet. But he has never finished better than third in a major.
Speaking ahead of his defence of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open title he won at Castle Stuart last year, the 34 year-old admitted that his record owes a lot to the pressure he has been putting on himself in his effort to break his duck.
“I’ve realised it for a while,” Donald said. “I’ve understood that for probably a couple of years. I know it’s a difference in myself. I get a little bit more agitated, a little bit more anxious.”
“It’s not just a physical problem. It’s more about getting into that moment of not trying to press too hard, not trying to force the issue. It’s just about being a little more relaxed and letting it happen,” he said.