Luke Donald may be known as world golf’s best player but as he prepared for the U.S. Open crown, he admitted he is willing to trade that status in exchange for major golf titles.
The Englishman said he would be glad to swap his tag as world’s number one for Phil Mickelson’s four major titles.
“Certainly being No. 1 is a great achievement, but if you ask me if I would swap that for Phil’s record, sure, I would love to take his majors and the number of victories he’s had,” he told the official PGA tour web site.
“But I’ll continue to feed off all the good things that have got me to No. 1, and hopefully I can add to my victories, too.”
Donald got the top golf ranking after beating Lee Westwood during last month’s playoff at the Wentworth PGA Championship in England.
The U.S. Open’s opening two rounds will have the world’s top two together with Martin Kaymer of Germany who is tagged as world’s number three.
Donald has 15 top-ten finishes under his name for the last 16 tournaments, tying for fourth at The Players Championship and The Masters and a second place at The Heritage.
However, he regrets that those victories have not been converted into opportunities.
“Certainly if you’re not in contention, you don’t have a chance to win,” Donald added. “That’s the first goal is to get in contention and have that chance. And I’ve obviously done a great job of that.
“I could look back and think that I could have turned a couple of those into victories, for sure. But overall it’s been a very satisfying few months. I’ve played extremely well, if I was sitting here winless, yes, it would be a different story.”
His competitors are however signing up praises for him too.
Mickelson said he is “someone to be reckoned with week in week out.” Graeme McDowell, defending U.S. Open champion said his teammate in the Ryder Cup has the “whole package.”
While Donald is proud of his status and his fellow pros’ kind words, there is no doubt he is salivating for a maiden major title that will cement his place at the top of his professions.
As proud as Donald is of his status, and the kind words from his fellow pros, it is clear he would love to cement his place at the top of his profession with a maiden major title.
“In simple terms, being No. 1 ranked means you’ve outperformed the rest of the golfers in a two-year period,” Donald said.
“In that regards it’s very gratifying to know that you’ve been more consistent and better over a two-year period. Obviously you win a tournament, you’re better over a four-day period. But winning is a big deal, and winning majors is a big deal.”