Luke Donald Doesn’t Miss the Pressure of Being Number One

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Make no mistake about it; former top ranked golfer in the world Luke Donald still has a burning desire to be the best in the world. That doesn’t mean that he misses the pressure and expectations that go hand in hand with being tops in the world.

Donald spent a total of 56 weeks as the number one ranked golfer in the world during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. His acquisition of the top spot was not without controversy. His time at the top of the world was marred by debate surrounding how he attained that particular status. Many people disagreed with his move to the top because they felt he go to that point by playing against lesser competition.

He is good with his current position, especially heading into the first major championship of the season, The Masters, in just a few short weeks. “Naturally the whole point in being the best is to be number one, best player on the planet, and that is where I want to be too,” Donald said. “But having said that, I have to agree that there is a little less pressure in being the No. 3 going into the Masters.”

We’ve seen Rory McIlroy succumb to his fair share of struggles since taking over the top spot in the world. I can’t really imagine the pressure associated with being known as the best golfer in the world, but I have to imagine that it can be overpowering at times and can make you feel as if the weight of the pressure might be too much to overcome at times.

Even though he isn’t in the top spot right now, you can rest assured that Donald does hope to regain that spot in the not too distant future. He’s moving in the right direction, as his T4th finish at last week’s Tampa Bay Championship was his first top 10 of the season.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.


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