Star won’t be derailed by dad’s death

2011-11-19 16:01

Luke Donald will be out to demonstrate why he is the best golfer in the world when he takes part in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City from December 1-4.

The Englishman, who is still devastated by the death of his father two weeks ago, has shown great consistency with his inimitable swing on any golf course and catapulted himself to the number one spot in May after clinching the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club in Surrey, England.

Donald’s rich vein in form came after he dethroned fellow countryman Lee Westwood in a stunning fashion at the first hole of the play-off to rule the roost.

The sudden passing of his dad should not stand in his way when he attempts to add the Africa’s Major trophy to an overflowing cabinet of his glittering silverware.

Having had such an outstanding golfing run this year alone has earned him the 2011 PGA Tour money list title.
He also tops the leader?board of the European Tour money list.

The 33-year-old Donald is looking to bring his enviable form to Sun City in his debut game here.

He has become the dominant player on the European Tour with another victory in the Scottish Open this year.

The Sun City course is unforgiving and tricky as it gives players a torrid time with difficult fairways and fast green surfaces that make putting awkward, but this shouldn’t impede Donald.

Having watched him in action on numerous occasions, his exceptional strength lies in his short game where he can sink birdies and eagles with ease.

But Donald may find the going tough against North Ireland’s Darren Clarke, England’s Simon Dyson and South Korea’s Kim-Kyung-Tae.

The veteran Irishman has represented his country with distinction both as an amateur and a professional.

His stunning win at the Open Championship at Royal St Georges in July put him on the golfing pedestal as he became the third major victor from Northern Ireland in 13 months to grab major titles.

Having disposed of the fancied Americans Phil Mickleson and Dustin Johnson by three strokes to bag this ultimate goal made the golfing world take Clarke’s exploits seriously.

And Clarke, who can really hit the ball very hard, is fired up to prove his power here.

Dyson won the Irish Open in July after beating Richard Green by a single stroke.

Kyung-Tae is also a good player who has featured mainly on the Asian Tour circuit where he bagged crucial tournaments.

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