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Luke Donald determined to end major quest
In the modern game, the world rankings are no longer an indicator nor a guarantee of major success.

While Rory McIlroy does hold a US Open title to his name, the men ranked in the two spots immediately below are still without a major,  and recent champions too have been ranked outside the world golf rankings top 10.

But surely no one feels the pressure more than the World No2 Luke Donald. Ranked at the top spot for most of last year and the unprecedented winner of both PGA and European Tour's Money List, the constant criticism was that his acclaim was undeserved: he had not won a major.

"I'm my own worst critic," Donald says. "I really want to win one and, you know, until I do it will be disappointing and frustrating. I'm not going to lie about that. I can't really get sucked into what everyone else thinks. I think that's where you get into a bit of a problem. Certainly from my own standpoint, my own viewpoint, I want to win them."

It's worth mentioning that fellow Englishman Lee Westwood would also have a claim to Donald's frustration. Also majorless, Westwood came close to joining eventual Masters winner Bubba Watson and runner-up Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff, if not for poor putting.

However, Donald feels he's now closer than ever to getting the right formula for the big showdowns and breaking his duck.

"Only in the last couple of years have I really figured out and started to win a bit more consistently outside of the majors, both on the PGA Tour and the European Tour.

"I've won five or six times in the last two years, I'm certainly feeling a lot more comfortable figuring out how to close out tournaments. Obviously majors are the next step up. I feel like the more times I can put myself in contention and give myself opportunities, then it is going to happen.

"I just feel like, if I keep doing what I've been doing, slowly but surely I'm going to figure it out with the majors. It just comes with a little bit more experience and continuing to get myself into contention."

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