Donald hopes to become Head boy

12 April 2018 04:17:50 EST

After five second places in the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head in South Carolina, Luke Donald will make another bid for the trophy this week.

The Englishman's string of near misses started in 2009 when he ended joint-runner-up. He's had another six top-three finishes since, taking the bridesmaid act to new levels with second spot in three of the last four years.

Donald has dropped down the world rankings to 196th after hitting top spot in both 2011 and 2012 but he's still been able to be find his best each year at Hilton Head.

He said: "It's been a good run around here, for sure. I've done everything but win.

"I guess the simple answer is I think it suits the way I play. Obviously very small greens; it's tough to hit a lot of greens. You have to be very good around the greens, which is a strong part of my game.

"It's a fiddly course. You're not going to always have straightforward shots to the greens. I think it takes some imagination, some creativity around this course. Again, that's something I've always been known for."

Despite his recent struggles and injury problems, the 40-year-old insists he still has plenty of motivation.

He added: "I could have disappeared into the shadows and not really played again and lived off what I've made on the golf course over the last few years. But that's not really my style. I'm still very competitive. I want to be out here. I want to compete.

"I've seen lots of my peers go through struggles and slip down the rankings and come back. And those kind of players and experiences give me heart that I can do the same.

"I feel the injuries have made me not be able to hit as many balls as I would have liked to. But I actually feel like my game is a lot closer than the results are showing."

Donald is 50/1 to win the RBC Heritage and 15/2 to finish as the top European. It's 10/1 that he racks up another Top 5 finish.

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