World No 6 Luke Donald confident ahead of Wentworth title defence
Last Updated: 23/05/13 8:29am
Defending champion Luke Donald believes his game is in good shape as he attempts to become only the second player in tournament history to win the BMW PGA Championship three years in a row.
Victory for the Englishman this weekend at Wentworth would equal the milestone set by Colin Montgomerie who won the European Tour's flagship event between 1998 and 2000.
The 35-year-old, and former world No 1, is now sixth in the World Ranking and his only title since winning over the West Course 12 months ago came in Japan during autumn.
Despite six top-25 finishes from seven starts in the United States this season, Donald has only once finished within three strokes of the eventual winner of a tournament during 2013.
However, he remains upbeat regarding his general play, saying: "I've been working hard on my swing and hitting the ball well.
"But my scoring has been slightly off due to my play around the green. I'm not getting up and down often enough."
As for returning to the famed Surrey course this week, he added: "Success breeds more success. Familiarity is good and helps you mentality.
"It's very much a positional golf course. It's all about strategy, you must know where to miss in the right place.
"And I've also putted really well here the last two years.
"I think that's how you gain confidence and feeling good about yourself from having done it before.
"Since the changes here (in 2009), the course seems to have really suited my game and I feel very comfortable around this place, so hopefully more of the same this year."