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Luke Donald: I considered quitting golf
Luke Donald has revealed in an interview with The Telegraph that he seriously considered giving up the game.
The 38-year-old said that in May last year he wondered if it was all worth it after a run that saw his last victory come at Wentworth in 2012, when he regained his World No 1 spot, and not making it to Gleneagles for the Ryder Cup in 2014.
He had also fallen outside the world top 50 for the first time in a decade.
“My confidence had taken a big knock and I asked myself if I wanted to continue doing this,” Donald said.
“I wasn’t enjoying it, finding it so very hard and could not see much light at the end of the tunnel. But then I told myself not to be a baby, to grow up and realise how lucky I was. I was still playing golf for a living.”
He then got together with sports psychologist Dr Michael Gervais and is slowly putting back together the pieces along with going back to his long-time coach Pat Goss.
“He (Gervais) just reminded me that it’s up to me what mood or mindset I’m in. When you’re in a slump it’s easy to forget you’re still the one who is in control.
“There was a time where I kept looking at the world rankings and kept seeing myself slipping. And I think that’s the wrong approach. I’ve always been most successful when I have a plan and stick to it.
Every day I try to get a little better, incremental improvement. Of course, the goal is to get back in the top 50, then get back in the top 25, start getting some top 10s again, start winning tournaments again and just get back into that feeling.”