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Friday, 19 March 2010
BMW PGA Championship - Previews  (Getty Images)
BMW PGA Championship - Previews (Getty Images)

Luke Donald plays his first tournament in Europe for 12 months at this week’s BMW PGA Championship hoping to improve on his tied third place at Wentworth Club last year.

The Englishman is determined to end a barren spell that stretches all the way back to March 2006, having missed the second half of last season with a wrist injury that eventually needed surgery.

Since Donald last lifted a trophy Padraig Harrington has won three Major Championshps, Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey and, most recently, Henrik Stenson have tasted glory in the United States, while Rory McIlroy and now amateur Shane Lowry have hit the headlines.

The 31-year-old is now ready to emerge from the shadows once again following his injury problems

“I have my own goals, my own aspirations and I feel like I haven't achieved enough yet. But I'm working hard to do that and hopefully those results will come.

"I'm looking forward to winning every week I play. That's the goal, but the longer you go the harder it gets I think.

"But there's no reason why Luke Donald can't win this week."

The memory of last year's event should certainly help. Donald came surging through to a share of third place with a closing 65 and, having finished seventh the previous May, he feels he knows how to play the famous West Course now.

Only two years ago Donald was seventh in the world and the highest-placed European on the list.

Now, he is 24th and has three other Englishmen - Casey, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter - ahead of him as well as Garcia, Stenson Harrington, Robert Karlsson and McIlroy.

"I'd love to be top Brit," he admitted. "But you can't control what they are doing.

"You just control how you practice, how you prepare and I'm just looking for those results to emulate the hard work."

Donald even feels his prolonged injury lay-off could benefit him in the long run.

"It gave me some appreciation for the game,” he said. “It made me feel like I wasn't infallible and made me feel I could take a step back, look at what I needed to do to become better.

"I think I'm slowly getting there.”



 

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4DODD, StephenWAL18-12
5MCILROY, RoryNIR18-10
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