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Luke Donald adjustments coach following 16 years to cure his weakness in main championships

“I’ve gone with Chuck as I want to make my long game a lot more consistent to increase my possibilities in the majors,” Donald stated.

Donald was the No1 little over a year ago, but has fallen to 11th.

However, it is his continued shortfall in the majors that has caused Donald to act.

He played himself into contention at the US Open in June, but it was the sight of his playing companion, Justin Rose, generating a tee-to-green masterclass on the way to victory which confirmed Donald’s burgeoning suspicions.

“I’ve come to realise that majors need a distinct philosophy,” he mentioned.

“Most weeks the greatest putter wins but majors are an exception.

“You have to putt better than typical, which, week in week out I’m going to do.

“But the subsequent step is to hit a lot more fairways and greens at majors.”

Initially, Donald was tempted by Sean Foley’s ever increasing stature.

But, regardless of getting tempted to include Donald in his stable, the Canadian coach did not really feel he could donate the requisite time or consideration to yet another high-profile client right after adding Lee Westwood to Rose, Hunter Mahan and Tiger Woods.

Cook is an intriguing alternative. The 68-year-old was, apparently, Foley’s recommendation and has a CV boasting six majors won collectively by Payne Stewart, Corey Pavin, Mark Brooks and Tom Kite in the Nineties.

But it is Cook’s impact on Dufner which has been most impressive. Dufner was ranked outdoors the world’s best 650 when he joined Cook five years ago.

Donald is in transition mode, but will still be hunting for a decent displaying in the second of the FedEx Cup play-off events, the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston, which starts on Friday.

The leading 70 on the points list go through to the penultimate occasion, the BMW Championship in a fortnight’s time and from there, the top 30 progress to the Tour Championship, exactly where the $ 10million FedEx Cup bonus is up for grabs.

Donald is in 54th location. Woods, the leader, is anticipated to play suffering back spasms at final week’s Barclays Championship.

Meanwhile, at Celtic Manor, Europe captain Paul McGinley will begin the Ryder Cup points race when he is 1st to tee off at the ISPS Handa Wales Open on Thursday, the very first counting occasion in qualification for the match at Gleneagles subsequent year.

Francesco Molinari, Darren Clarke, Chris Wood, Ross Fisher and final week’s winner, Tommy Fleetwood, are in the field.


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