In the midst of what he described Tuesday as a 'very hard' year, Luke Donald made headlines last month when he opted to break ties with longtime swing coach Pat Goss. Speaking from Conway Farms Golf Club, where Donald is a member and where he will join 69 other top-ranked players in the field for this week's BMW Championship, the Englishman indicated his attempt to join up with noted instructor Sean Foley was rebuffed.
'I really hadn't given it a thought who I would change to until after the Open Championship,' explained Donald, who after reaching No. 1 in the world last year now enters this week's event ranked No. 54 in the FedEx Cup points race. 'I was very impressed with Sean's guys and how they strike the ball: Hunter (Mahan), Tiger (Woods) obviously, Justin (Rose). Those guys hit a lot of quality shots.'
Donald indicated that he spoke briefly with Foley about the possibility of joining forces, but was told that the instructor simply didn't have an adequate amount of time in his already busy schedule to make an addition to his high-profile stable of players.
'He didn't think, considering what he had on his plate, that he could give me 100 percent of the commitment I needed,' noted Donald. 'I told him I wanted to work hard and I wanted to put in a lot of time, and he was worried ... that he wouldn't be able to give me that 100 percent commitment.'
According to Donald, the decision came with no hard feelings between the two men.
'I totally understand that. He has a young family; I have a young family,' he added. 'It takes a lot of time. He's very dedicated to his game.'
While Donald indicated that he will continue to work with Goss on his short game, he ultimately made the switch last month to Chuck Cook, who also works with Jason Dufner and who was recommended to him by Foley.
'He (Foley) mentioned Chuck, who's been a bit of a mentor to him over the years, so I met with Chuck, talked to him at Firestone,' said Donald, who officially began working with Cook at last month's PGA Championship. 'So far I really have enjoyed what we've been working on.'