Donald seeks third title at Wentworth

Bucks Free Press: Luke Donald became world number one at Wentworth in 2011. Luke Donald became world number one at Wentworth in 2011.

LUKE Donald is on course at Wentworth this morning as he bids to win a third BMW PGA Championship.

The former Beaconsfield and Hazlemere member became world number one on the course in 2011, when he beat Lee Westwood down the stretch, and he defended his title a year later with a 68 on the final day.

His form this years hasn't been great though as he comes to grips with swing changes aimed an increasing his power. He hasn't made the top 20 since The Nedbank Challenge in December and his most recent finishes have been 52nd, 25th, 33rd, 57th and 37th.

He said: "Anytime you go through some changes it takes time and I’m still not 100 per cent there and 100 per cent comfortable with everything but every week it seems to get a little bit easier.

“Certainly when I feel in the groove I feel very confident with the changes I've made but it's still taking a little bit of time.

“I’m pleased with the results considering the changes I’ve gone through.”

However, his record at Wentworth is exceptional.

He missed the cut in 2013, but his wins in 2011 and 2012 didn't come out of the blue. He was tied second in 2010, tied third in 2008 and seventh in 2007.

He said: "It's kind of like our fifth major on the European tour, similar to the Players Championship in the US.

"This is obviously one you want to win and one you want to have on your CV. It has some great memories for me, when I won it in 2011 I went to number one in the world, so that is something I'll always remember.

"This is a tournament I grew ups as a kid watching and I always wanted to hoist that trophy above my head, and fortunately I've been able to do it a couple of times.

"It would be nice to do it a third, and hopefully this year."

Donald, who is playing with Charl Schwartzel and Henrik Stenson, teed off at 8.35am and was minue one after seven holes.

Follow his round live at http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2014/tournamentid=2014040/leaderboard/index.html

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