Luke Donald wants to win maiden major in 2013 with new Mizuno deal

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 23/01/13 6:41pm

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Luke Donald: Looking for maiden major this year

Luke Donald: Looking for maiden major this year

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Former world number one Luke Donald is determined to end his major championship drought after signing a new multi-year extension with Japanese club manufacturers Mizuno.

The 35-year-old Englishman had won 12 tournaments on the European and PGA Tour since signing with his current club makers back in 2003, but has not yet won one of golf's big four events.

Unlike Rory McIlroy, who recently changed his club maker in a big-money move to Nike, Donald has decided to remain with Mizuno and fully believes he can go on to win that elusive first major.

Donald was the first man to top the money list on both sides of the Atlantic, 12 months before McIlroy then repeated the feat by finishing number one on the PGA and European Tour standings.

Current world number three Donald spent 56 weeks at the top of the rankings, but his focus now is more on breaking his major duck than being world number one.

"I feel as if I am playing as well as ever at this stage in my career," said Donald. "Over the next few years I want to be in a position to win major championships and to continue to improve.

"We've refined my Mizuno equipment in the last couple of seasons and I'm really happy with what I have in the bag right now, so it gives me great pleasure to extend this relationship.'

Donald will start his 2013 campaign next month in the Northern Trust Open in California, which starts on February 14, and is looking to immediately be in contention for the first major of the year at Augusta.

Donald has been the flag bearer for Mizuno, and president Akito Mizuno, who is also the grandson of the company's founder Rihachi Mizuno, is happy for that to continue.

"Luke Donald and Mizuno share a special long-term relationship that we are delighted to continue," he said.

"Luke has become a very special friend to Mizuno over the years. He perfectly represents our company, and we look forward to what Luke will accomplish in the next few years."

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