Ryder Cup omission was his own fault says Donald

Sun Nov 2, 2014 10:34am EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - Overlooked by captain Paul McGinley for this year's Ryder Cup, former world number one Luke Donald believes he only has himself to blame for missing out on Europe's victory over the United States.

After a frustrating season, which has seen Donald slip down to 34 in the world rankings, captain McGinley opted to pick Ian Poulter, Stephen Gallacher and Lee Westwood as his wild cards to take on the U.S. at Gleneagles in September.

In Donald's absence, Europe comfortably retained their Ryder Cup crown by 16 1/2 points to 11 1/2 and the 36-year-old admitted his poor performances were the reason he missed out.

"It was disappointment mixed with anger," Donald told The Telegraph. "I could have been picked ahead of Lee, Stephen or Ian and feel I could have justified the wild card.

"But it was not anger directed at Paul or anyone, just at the fact I'd put myself in that situation.

"Let's face it, but for a few instances during the season I would have qualified by right," he said.

"The last few months I did not play well at all and you realize you can't blame anyone but yourself. Not to say the disappointment didn't sit with me for a few weeks. It did."

As a jubilant European team celebrated their eighth win over the U.S. in 10 editions of the event, Donald, who has played in four successful European Ryder Cup teams, sent McGinley a text message congratulating him on a job well done.

"He (McGinley) had a job to do and did it amazingly," Donald said. "I have nothing for Paul but admiration.   Continued...

Luke Donald tees off the 10th hole during the second round of the RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal GC - Blue Course. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports