Donald hopes for more success in majors with new coach


NORTON, Mass. – Pat Goss recruited Luke Donald to Northwestern, helped him win money lists on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and ascend to No. 1 in the World Golf Ranking, but earlier this month the Englishman decided it was time for a change.

Donald began working with swing coach Chuck Cook – who most notably has coached Jason Dufner – at the PGA Championship, although he said he plans to continue working with Goss on his short game.

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“A little frustrated with my game this year, but more frustrated with my major record throughout my career,” Donald said. “Playing with Justin Rose that final round (at the U.S. Open) I saw how good his ballstriking was, and I think that’s what you need to do to win majors. It doesn’t matter how good your short game is it’s so tough you have to take pressure off yourself hitting greens and fairways.”

Donald said he felt like he always had an “old fashion” swing that depended too much on timing when the pressure was at the most. “Chuck believes in using the body a bit more and taking the hands out of it,” he said.

Donald worked with Cook the week after the PGA in Chicago and plans to meet with him again next week before the BMW Championship.

“I’m really seeing some differences and hopefully some improvements,” said Donald following an opening-round 71 at the Deutsche Bank Championship.