Luke Donald is upbeat after finishing in a tie for 5th at the 141st Open Championship and still feels he can repeat last season’s historic feat – wining both the European Tour and PGA Tour money lists.
The Englishman – speaking at the official opening of Mizuno’s Performance Centre at London’s Centre Point building – said he was excited for the rest of the season after seeing his recent hard work pay off.
“A lot of positives came out of the weekend after the disappointment of the US Open, and I was able to turn that around and really learn from my mistakes. I left Lytham feeling very confident for the rest of the season,” he said.
“Obviously I’d done a lot of work on my golf game, which showed. It was a successful week. I was only one or two shots away from really being in the mix all week. I certainly played well enough to win, I just needed a few more putts to drop.
“In terms of mentally, I wanted to approach the Open with a bit more control. Even though you are going to be nervous and up tight, you go out there and decide how you want to feel.
“I wanted to approach it with a more fun, light-hearted attitude, because that’s when I play my best golf, and I think that showed.”
Donald will now embark on a busy few weeks, playing the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship before the Fed-Ex Cup play-offs and the Ryder Cup.
“The next couple of tournaments will be vital if I want to win both money lists. I obviously still have a chance. One good tournament in a world event or a major would go a long way.
“I’m excited about the next few events. I’ve made a lot of strides in recent weeks, and I will use all the confidence I gained this week going forward.
“You forget some of the good things sometimes after a week like the US Open. It can be quite tough to get over a performance like that, but I put it away pretty quickly.
“I was able to switch into a better frame of mind and I’ll certainly take that to the US PGA.”
Luke Donald was speaking at the official opening of the Mizuno Performance Centre – open to the public between the 24th July and 12th August at Centre Point Building, 101- 103 New Oxford Street. Visit www.mizunoseiei.com for further details.