Donald eyes future success
Brit hopes more titles will follow WGC-Accenture Match Play victory
Last Updated: February 28, 2011 8:10am
Donald: Title success
Luke Donald is hoping his victory at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship will act as a springboard for further success.
"To come here and compete against the best players in the world and win the trophy is very gratifying. Hopefully I can gain a lot of confidence from it and go on to win more events. "
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Donald has been one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour in recent years - however he had gone five years without success in the States.
Donald had won Madrid Masters in Europe last year to ease the pressure but his 3&2 victory over Martin Kaymer in the Tucson final means he has now climbed to third in the world.
"It certainly bothered me," Donald said of his long wait for another PGA Tour success.
"My goal every year is to win tournaments. It's a long time since I've tried to play for money.
"I felt like I hadn't won my fair share for as good a player as I felt I was and could be. It was frustrating to me. Winning in Europe took a little bit of pressure off but obviously it was a little bit of a smaller event, not a field like this.
"To come here and compete against the best players in the world and win the trophy is very gratifying. Hopefully I can gain a lot of confidence from it and go on to win more events.
"Back in 2007, I decided to try to hit the ball a little bit farther, to try to catch up to some of my peers, and I think it made my swing get off kilter. It's taken a good two or three years for it to get back to almost where I need it to be."
Kaymer, who has now claimed top spot in the world rankings, hailed his conqueror.
"He's definitely one of the most consistent players on the Tour and I think he's probably the best in the world at the short game at the moment," he said.
"I have played with Phil Mickelson a few times and it is unbelievable but what Luke is doing at the moment is a joke. Wherever he is, you know that he will make the up-and-down if he doesn't hole it."