World number three Luke Donald explains link with NBA legend Michael Jordan

Last Updated: 16/02/13 10:26am

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Luke Donald: Hopes Michael Jordan can improve his mental approach

Luke Donald: Hopes Michael Jordan can improve his mental approach

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World number three Luke Donald has turned to NBA great Michael Jordan in a bid to shake off the unwanted tag of being 'one of the best golfers never to win a major'.

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, but he has struggled to replicate that form at the majors.

Donald starts his season at the Northern Trust Open in California this week and explained why he is working 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."

Donald hopes that Jordan, who is an accomplished golfer himself with a handicap of four, can help him play better at the four majors.

"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 Donald.

"I played solidly enough at the Open (where he finished tied fifth) 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.

"The plan before the majors this year is to go to each course early and have a few days to get familiar with it. I've not played Merion (US Open course) and haven't played Muirfield (Open) for years."

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