Donald hoping to emulate Garcia success


Luke Donald still believes he has the game to enable him to emulate Sergio Garcia and end his long wait for a major.

After 73 unsuccessful attempts, Garcia finally ended his duck at the Masters on Sunday by beating Justin Rose in a play-off following a thrilling final round at Augusta to win the famed green jacket.

Donald is a former world number one, but now sits 96th in the world and his best performance at a major came on his Masters debut in 2005, a feat he repeated at the PGA Championship a year later

The Englishman failed to qualify for the Masters for a second successive year in 2017, however he remains convinced he can follow in Garcia's footsteps.

"I still believe that I have the ability to win a major and win more tournaments," the 39-year-old - who has not won a tournament since 2012 - told a media conference ahead of the RBC Heritage.

"And I certainly am not hanging up the clubs yet. I'm very committed to working hard on the game, and get past a little bit of a lull in my results the last couple of years.

"It's certainly not been the golf that I wanted. But I'm working hard on it. And I still believe that I'm good enough. Anyone who can get to number one in the world for over a year I think has the ability to bounce back and hopefully I will."

Donald was impressed with Garcia's resilience as he edged past Rose in another thrilling climax at Augusta, and also spoke of his delight for his long-time friend, who he teamed with for Europe at the Ryder Cup in the past.

"To carry around that 'best player to have never won a major' [tag], which I think Sergio was in the discussion [about], was tough for him. 

"I think someone that had that much talent to not quite have got it done for so many years, and have so many good opportunities to get it done and not finish the job off, was tough for him at times. 

"But he obviously is in a great place. He proved to himself that he could do it and showed great resilience on Sunday, even when he struggled a little bit early on the back nine, he came through with some amazing shots down the stretch and drove the ball amazingly well. 

"Augusta is a tough place to drive it well, nowadays. It's become a lot more narrow. He was hitting it far and straight. And to finish as strong as he did, he deserved to win."