Luke Donald hopes to rediscover 2012 Innisbrook form in the Valspar Championship
Last Updated: 12/03/14 7:05pm
Luke Donald: Hoping to rediscover form at Innisbrook
Former world number one Luke Donald is hopeful his return to Innisbrook, Florida in the Valspar Championship this week can help him rediscover the winning feeling.
The tournament may have a new name for the third year in succession but Donald has an excellent record on the Copperhead Course in an event that has also been known as the Tampa Bay Championship last year and the Transitions Championship in 2012.
The Englishman lifted the title that year and was also sixth in 2010 and fourth last year, and has been paired with defending champion Kevin Streelman and 2011 winner Gary Woodland as he looks to build on some encouraging form in his last two starts.
The 36-year-old was eighth at the Honda Classic and 25th in last week's WGC-Cadillac Championship, where a second round of 82 in Friday's bad weather ruined his chances of victory at Doral.
Donald has slipped to 25th in the world as he overhauls his long game with new coach Chuck Cook - who also coaches US PGA winner Jason Dufner - but insisted he was now on the right path to climb the ranking.
"I'm feeling much more confident with trajectory and my swing plane is really good," Donald said. "My posture is a lot better than it used to be.
"I still have a little bit where I want to hit it with my hands and I've just got to keep working on rotating through the ball and hitting it with my body and trusting it. So it's getting very close.
"I'm hitting a lot of shots that I'm really excited about. The last two weeks, my short game has been great too, though, and making some putts and getting up and down is obviously good for scoring as well. But it's nice to have all parts come together."
Former Open champion Darren Clarke makes his debut in the event, while US Open champion Justin Rose, Ernie Els, Paul Casey, Nicolas Colsaerts and Matteo Manassero are also in the field.
Watch the Valspar Championship on Sky Sports HD4 from 19.00 on Thursday