It also should make him feel fortunate.
“The fact that you have one event every four years to really work hard, to see some of the guys who don’t perform and to see some of the guys that perform and win gold, there’s a lot of raw emotions there,” Donald said. “A lot of it has really impressed me.”
The good news is Donald doesn’t have to wait every four years to try to win a major. He gets four chances every year.
That hasn’t made it any easier.
Donald goes into the PGA Championship as the No. 1 player in the world, the product of a tremendous short game, a lot of hard work and the consistency required to top the world ranking. But even while playing his best golf, in Olympic terms, he still hasn’t even been on the podium yet.
He was playing his best golf in the spring, headed to the Masters and then didn’t break par until the final round, when it was too late. Poised to make a run at his first major in the U.S. Open, he missed the cut. Before an English crowd at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Donald was 10 shots out of the lead going into the last round. He closed with a 69 to tie for fifth, a small consolation.
“Certainly coming off the U.S. Open, I was very disappointed how I handled the situation mentally,” Donald said. “I didn’t come in hitting the ball that great, and maybe that added to some of the anxiety. But I think there was a little bit of a breakthrough, just realizing at The Open Championship that no matter how I’m hitting it physically, there’s always a way to mentally be on top, have that control of how I want to feel come Thursday.”
If anything, he overdid it at Augusta National, the first major for everybody after seven months, with emotions running high. The PGA Championship is the last major after a busy summer filled with three majors and a World Golf Championship. Part of him is too tired to get too worked up. It’s time to just go play.
“That excitement, that buildup, is a lot more at the Masters,” he said. “We’re toward the end of the season now. We’re entrenched in our golf.”
Donald keeps putting himself into elite company, though he is always the exception.
Since the world ranking began in 1986, only four other players have been at No. 1 longer than the 56 weeks Donald has been at the top _ Tiger Woods (623 weeks), Greg Norman (331), Nick Faldo (97) and Seve Ballesteros (61).
Trouble is, those four have combined for 27 majors. Donald is still trying to win his first one.View Entire Story
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