Donald hopes for 'home' boost
Englishman ready for Ryder Cup challenge in adopted home town
Last Updated: 22/09/12 2:29pm
Luke Donald: Will be playing at a familiar venue during the Ryder Cup
Luke Donald believes that any sort of positive support from the crowd at Medinah will improve Europe's chances of Ryder Cup success.
Donald has lived in Chicago, the city of which Medinah is a suburb, since his college days and is hoping his connection to the venue will endear him to some of the crowd.
Medinah is a course Donald knows well, not just from his residence, but also because he was third in the 2006 USPGA Championship there.
"I'm excited to have it come to a place that I've kind of considered home the last 15 years," he said.
"If I can drag away even just one per cent of the crowd's support on to my side or the European's side then it's an advantage.
"The biggest advantage for any team is playing at home. If I can just take a little bit of that away then I'm helping the team in a small way."
What Donald has mostly been hearing from friends in the area is that they will be supporting him, but still ultimately wanting America to regain the crown.
He added: "That's what I hear a lot. I think the people of Chicago are looking forward to it. They're a big sport city and it should be a fun event."
In 2006 Donald shared the lead with Tiger Woods with a round to go and even came out for their head-to-head with a matching red shirt, but Woods easily repeated his 1999 victory over the same layout.
"The course is coming into good condition. The fairways were struggling six weeks ago, but they're much improved and will be decent playing surfaces," Donald said.
"The greens are in great shape. They've set it up where there's no rough around the greens and hardly any off the tee. As long as it's not cold and rainy, which it could be, I think you'll see a lot of birdies.
"It will make for a fun, exciting Ryder Cup. There are going to be a lot of people chipping in."