Luke Donald has endured a few turbulent years as he attempts to rediscover the form that saw him rise to world No. 1. The latest change came last month, when he was unexpectedly fired by longtime caddie John McLaren.
“It was more his decision than mine – I was a little surprised,” Donald told reporters on Thursday, via the Mirror (UK). “Now I am looking for someone who is energetic, upbeat and brings a good energy to the round.”
Donald, who hasn’t won since the 2013 Dunlop Phoenix, has slid to No. 66 in the world rankings. In the past few years, the Englishman fired longtime swing coach Pat Goss, had an unsuccessful run with Chuck Cook, and then re-hired Goss after determining that he’d lost sight of what had made him successful.
Donald had only two top-10s on the PGA Tour this season and was bounced after the second FedEx Cup playoff event.
He opened with a 4-under 67 Thursday at the British Masters, where he has Dean Elliott on the bag. He said he hopes to have a full-time caddie by late November.
McLaren, who had worked with Donald for six years and earned about $27 million together, told the Mirror of his decision to leave the bag: “I just felt that it had run its course. There were just a couple of things that I don’t need to go into that made me feel it was time for a change.”
This isn’t Donald’s first caddie breakup. In 2010, he parted ways with his brother, Christian, after eight years together.