Luke Donald admits he has considered retiring after missing another Masters and falling out of the top 500 in the world … but promises to keep playing despite making £ 238,000 on tour last year – £ 8.4 million LESS than at his peak as No. 1 World Champion in 2011
- Former world champion Luke Donald admits retirement has come to his mind
- Donald is outside the top 500 and is in the worst slump of his career
- Despite missing another Masters, Donald will keep pushing
As he prepares for another edition of the Masters, former World No. 1 Luke Donald admits retirement has come to his mind.
Despite being younger than two fellow Englishmen who considered contenders for the green coat this week – Paul Casey and Lee Westwood – the 43-year-old never came close to meeting the invite criteria.
Donald, who proudly sat at the top for more than a year in 2011-2012, is now outside the top 500 in the world and is currently trapped in the worst slump of his career. To put his form into perspective, he finished 2011 as the # 1 in the world, winning £ 8,681,572 on the PGA and the European Tour. In 2020 it was just £ 238,011.
Former world number one Luke Donald admits retirement has come to his mind
He is outside the top 500 in the world and is currently stuck in the worst slump of his career
His last chance to make it to Augusta was by winning the Valero Texas Open last week. If the truth is being told, he would have been happy if he had just been cut half way through.
As it was, he shot rounds of 77-74 to comfortably miss one more time. The man who used to be synonymous with consistency with his graceful swing and the best putting stroke in the game has now missed no fewer than nine times in a row.
After a double bogey on Thursday 18th, Donald was asked by a friend if he was ready to wrap it up.
“I was a little taken aback, to be honest,” he admitted in a heartfelt Instagram post. “ Of course it has occurred to me when I feel down myself – who wouldn’t get frustrated when you work hard and don’t see the results. ”
Despite missing out on another edition of the Masters, Donald will keep pushing
Fortunately for his many admirers, Donald goes into battle. “Most of the time I’m encouraged with my game and it doesn’t feel that far off,” he said. “The difference between success and failure is minimal at the level that I play.”
After two rounds, the American Cameron Tringale with Jordan Spieth and the Englishman Matt Wallace led only two shots back.
Meanwhile, at the first major of the season for women in California, England’s Charley Hull and Georgia Hall were both well-placed halfway through the ANA Inspiration. Hull was fourth, three shots behind the leader, Thai rookie Patty Tavatanakit, with former British Open champion Hall one more shot adrift.