I thought I had a great chance to win the Fedex Cup.

by Luke Donald on October 1, 2011

Going into the week,I knew if I’d won the Tour Championship, the Fedex Cup was mine - one of my big goals for this season. I played well the first day, got myself into a great position but just struggled a little from there on. I didn’t really take my best game to Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

I did a good job of keeping myself in with a chance come the end. A lot of the guys in the top five weren’t playing well, so it was vital that I stayed in contention. The birdie on the last I was very proud of. I thought it might have done it for me. In the end, though, I was a shot behind.

That putt extended my lead on the world rankings as well as put me top of the American money-list, so I was really happy that I’d stayed determined and holed a very important putt under a great deal of pressure.  I’m very proud to be still on top of the world rankings. I think every golfer wants to get to number one. But to stay there is another matter altogether.

My key goal now is to win the orders of merit on both sides of the Atlantic in the same year. It would be a great accomplishment. No-one has ever done it before. It’s pretty tough playing both tours but to win them both would be a great achievement. 

I can go back to that birdie on the last at East Lake again. It gave me a high enough finish to leap over Webb Simpson on the U.S. money-list.  We’ll have to see if he keeps playing and goes back above me. Hopefully I can hang on though.

I have a healthy lead on the Race to Dubai, but this week in the Dunhill Links is a very big week for prize money. Things can change quickly. I’m playing next week in Madrid but, with Diane expecting our second child, I’m going to have to miss a few tournaments.  A big week in the Dunhill would be nice.

In between the Tour Championship and here in Scotland, I’ve been checking fundamentals. I think my ball position was getting a little bit too far forward. I’ve been doing some more work on quieting the legs down. They tend to get a little bit active throughout the swing. This week, though, will be a little less thought-related in terms of my swing and more just having a bit of enjoyment.

I’m playing with Jamie Redknapp again. We met Jamie and his wife when we were on honeymoon and we’ve become good friends for the last four years. It will be great playing side-by-side with Jamie, he’s a pretty good golfer. He’s a seven-handicapper and on a good day he’s perfectly capable of shooting 72.

I’ve been trying out some new equipment, testing the MP-59s and 69s. Both sets felt solid and will be an easy switch.  Just need to figure which set to go for.

Even better - I did some testing with Mizuno’s new MP fairway woods and drivers and got some very positive results.  I’ll try and Tweet some pictures of the woods if I get the all clear from Mizuno.  For me it’s a big move to change anything in my bag – only goes in if the equipment’s better than what I’ve got. That’s as simple as it gets.

But any testing and practicing will go by the board in five or six weeks’ time. We’re expecting another girl – this time Diane especially wanted to find out the sex of the baby – and mid-November is the due date.

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Author Luke Donald

An English native, Luke Donald is one of the world's top golfers. In addition to his top-10 world ranking, Luke has numerous wins on the PGA and European Tours, and played a key role as a member of the victorious European Ryder Cup teams in 2004, 2006, and 2010.