Donald turns to Michael Jordan to improve mental approach

Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:25pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - World number three Luke Donald, desperate to shrug off the unwanted tag of 'one of the best golfers never to win a major', has turned to NBA great Michael Jordan in a bid to improve his mental approach.

Briton Donald dominated golf in 2011, becoming the first player to win the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic and spending the bulk of the year at the top of the world rankings.

He starts his season at the Northern Trust Open in California this week and has been explaining his work with Jordan who won six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls between 1991-98.

"He's good for the mind. He's been making sure I'm ready mentally," the Englishman told the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

"It's been good to pick Michael's brains and find out what he was thinking about when he was playing basketball. He's always trying to play mind games, he doesn't like to lose."

Jordan, who averaged 30.1 points per game during a phenomenal basketball career, is also an accomplished golfer with a handicap of four.

Donald hopes fellow Chicago resident Jordan can unlock the key to playing his best at the year's four majors, starting with the U.S. Masters in April.

"Although I was content with how I played last year - I won three times on three different continents - I was once again disappointed with how I performed in the majors," said the 35-year-old.

"I played solidly enough at the (British) Open," said Donald, referring to his tie for fifth place. "But the other three were nothing to write home about. I've got to figure out a way to be competitive at the majors - that's the main aim this year.   Continued...

 
Luke Donald of Britain hits out of a bunker on the 17th hole during the final round of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Nikhil Monteiro