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“Luuuke” golf beginning to win over fans
Luke Donald’s complete dominance of Wentworth’s brutal West Course has led the world to sit up and take notice, while his chanting fans have also made their mark.
Not that people were not aware of Donald before, just that his latest victory and the fashion in which he won Europe´s PGA have raised his profile in his native England and made him the golfer to beat again.
“Luuuke” screamed the crowds during the hustle and bustle of a weekend at Wentworth. For good reason. Donald was showing the galleries, TV viewers and his fellow professionals how to play the game.
Methodical rhythm in mind, I took to the course then range on a hot summer’s Monday and tried to replicate it, much like over a month ago, when, inspired by Bubba Watson’s US Masters win, I thought it best to go and swipe at the ball paying little attention to technique. That didn’t work.
The result of Donald golf? Try it. Slow everything down. Get everything flowing as one and….ball into ditch. OK that was me. And I got better until for a five minute period or so the ball was actually doing as I wanted.
‘With more practice I can better’ I thought, encouraged at my progress. I persevered and got worse. But I left with a positive feeling. Donald has always spoken of how hard he has worked at his game and it is now paying dividends.
“Just got back to Chi town, quick sweat in the gym to get the last of the Moët out! then off to The Memorial tomorrow to do it all over again,” tweeted the Englishman after leaving his home country for Chicago, his base.
Donald can also enjoy himself as well as making golf look staggeringly easy. His work ethic to arrive at this position was ultimately what got him there, a lesson for dethroned world number one Rory McIlroy. And any aspiring amateur.
Donald spoke on Saturday of how the galleries at majors “obviously” always follow Tiger Woods, but with his popular chant beginning to catch on he can expect some large crowds of his own at the June 14-17 US Open in San Francisco.
Picture: The shadow of Luke Donald of England is cast as he watches a tee shot on the driving range during a practice round for the WGC-Accenture Matchplay Championship in Marana, Arizona, February 20, 2012. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan