Rickie Fowler confirms his participation

United States duo Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan have affirmed their participation at Thailand Golf Championship which is scheduled for 12th December to 15th December. World number twenty six as well 2 time World Golf Championships winner Hunter was an important member of United States team that defeated the international squad at previous weekend’s Presidents Cup tournament in Ohio.

The thirty one year old registered few satisfying victories that include a victory in fourball with teammate Brandt Snedeker over Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen. The native of Colleyville is very much excited regarding going back to Chonburi to challenge for Thailand title. With 8 career tour victories as well as 2 top ten ends in Majors later this year, Hunter has had a magnificent year and he is looking forward to ameliorate on his tied twenty second finish in Thailand last year.

He told that this has been quite a good year for him. He has had some great results as well as a number of top tens but he is still looking for his first win. Amata Spring is a magnificent golf course and one which suits his game well. He is definitely up for the challenge.

Ranked thirty three in the world, twenty four year old Rickie Fowler is one of the most commoving young golfers in the game today. Following a stunning amateur golf career, he became a pro golfer in the year 2009. Rickie was crowned PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in the year 2010, representing United States in Ryder Cup in his debut pro season.

Luke Donald to change coaches

English golfer and former world number one Luke Donald has announced that he is all set to ditch his long time coach in a desperate bid to break his duck in the major championships.

The 35 year old has been working with coach Pat Goss for the past 16 years and has had spells at the top of the Official World Golf Rankings but his failure to land him the biggest prizes in golf has left him frustrated and he has finally decided to end the relationship with Goss.

Donald has decided to bring in the services of Chuck Cook as his new coach and the American certainly comes with a pedigree that is second to none in the coaching world at the moment having had previous stints coaching the likes of major winners such as Corey Pavin, Payne Stewart as well as the current and newly crowned US PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner.

And Luke Donald will be hoping the American can weave a similar sort of magic on his play and land him the much desired major title. Donald, however, also confirmed that he will not completely do away with the services of Goss and will continue to retain him to help him with the short game but he added that he felt the time was right to try something different and new as he aims to break his major duck in 2014.

He mentioned that he has gone with Chuck because he wants to make his long game more consistent in order to improve his chances of landing a major. Luke Donald went on to add that he has come to realize that the major championships come with a different philosophy and the players need to adapt to it.

Let’s hope Donald does break his major duck next season.

Luke Donald receives MBE

England has produced a couple of challengers to challenge for the number one throne in golf and stand up to the American golfers particularly Tiger Woods and the flag bearer of that English challenge, Luke Donald, is now busy preparing for the BMW PGA Championship which takes place in a week’s time. But the former world number one took a break from his search for a three-peat in the tournament as he dropped by London and the Buckingham Palace to receive one of the biggest honors of his life from the Queen of England.

Donald was conferred with the MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), an honor that is bestowed on civilians as well as service personnel for the service done for the public as well as other distinctions. Luke Donald is someone who is noted for his work as a philanthropist apart from his credentials as one of the greatest golfers in the world. Apart from holding the world number one ranking in the Official Golf World Rankings for a grand total of 55 weeks, the Englishman has also been noted for the service he has done for trusts like First Tree, helping raise millions of dollars for the sport.

Donald released a press statement where he stated that he is extremely pleased to have received such a prestigious honor from Her Majesty, the Queen of England. He went on to add that 2011 and 2012 have been significant years for him, both on a personal and professional point of view and he feels great that his achievements have been recognized and appreciated.

Luke Donald won both the money titles in the PGA Tour as well as the European Tour and won two titles on Tour the following year, although he lost his number one status that year.

Luke Donald disappoints himself

Due to the storm that erupted suddenly in the midst of the Malaysian Open, the world number 3 Luke Donald could not make the cut as the event had to be reduced to 54 holes. After finishing at one-over-par 73 he felt equally disappointed as his fans did. But this is not going to bother him for the Masters that starts in Augusta on April 11 because this is one big event he is looking up to and would go to any length to get it right. Luckily, he has a couple of weeks in his hand when he can practice as much s he can and get prepared for the best.

At the Malaysian Open, in Kuala Lumpur although Luke Donald got a chance in the second round after he opened his round with a two-over 74 but missed the cut after ding a double bogey seven on the par-five 10th. He is considered to be one of the most dependable putters when it comes to world golf and he too felt the need because he required 34 putts in the second round of the Malaysian Open. He had been just two shots away from the lead with 14 holes needed from the third round. He speculated that the difference in the greens with which he is not acquainted is the reason behind his performing poorly. He analyzed that they were a little slower and he could not adapt to them. He also blamed that the courses were too narrow.

Lately, things are not going right for the Englishman golfer Luke Donald. He could not practise much after coming back from Tampa Bay Championship in Florida. He first won as a professional at the 2008 USPGA Championship at Oakland Hills.

Mixed Situations

After the end of WGC-Cadillac Championship, Donald Trump has decided to go for a complete overhaul and the process would begin from Monday onwards. The matter was brought to his notice by none other than the world no. 3 golfer Luke Donald who played pretty wild in the championship. He made double bogey at every day of the championship on the par-four No.18 at Blue Monster. But he is yet to enjoy the benefits and the renovations. And the possibility for a complete change in the No.18 has been turned down b y Donald Trump who said that he would not change it ‘significantly’.

Things are not going quite well for Luke Donald. Recently, he was part of one of the biggest losses at the Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson. World no. 37 Scott Piercy, a man who is not that well-known in the golf circuit surprised him with 7&6. Being a winner in this tournament in 2011, Luke was regarded as one of the favorites in the match alongside Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. The low-profiled Piercy made a shot for six under par 30 and nailed it. Luke Donald said, “Scott played very well, I played just very average.”

It was beyond Luke’s expectation that he would be beaten by Scott. He had just returned from a long winter vacation and before that he had defeated the German Marcel Siem by making two birdies hat earned him the winning points. So he ought to show his fresh skills but it went completely out of hand.

Hence it is quite obvious that after the WGC-Cadillac Championship, he would definitely want to improve upon his skills in every way he can. But it is up to Trump whether he would consider the appeal made by Donald.

Donald extends contract with Mizuno

World number three in golf Luke Donald has extended his contract with club makers Mizuno, which will see the Englishman use the clubs from the Japanese manufacturers for the next couple of years. Considered to be one of the finest iron player, Donald has won a staggering 13 titles using the equipment supplied by the Japanese company including in the best season of his career in 2011 which saw him climb to the top of the money lists in both the European Tour and the PGA Tour, a feat that no golfer has ever managed to achieve.

Donald is well known for his amazing skills as an iron and wedge player and he regularly provides the engineers at Mizuno with valuable and extremely significant feedback which helps them develop newer products with those specifications. Mizuno, which crafts all its golfing equipments at its plant in Hiroshima in Japan, is known for the quality and precision that is favored by shot makers such as Luke Donald. The Englishman was first spotted by Mizuno representatives during his time at Northwestern University and was signed by the Japanese company as a brand ambassador back in 2003 after which he has managed to record 13 wins, all using equipment supplied by Mizuno.

2011 and 2012 was arguably the best period of his career during which, he held on to the position of world number one for a total of 56 weeks, as well as being named PGA Player of the Year and the PGA Tour Player of the Year. He has also earned the title of European Tour Golfer of the Year.

And the new contract with Mizuno is just a testament to what Luke Donald has achieved on a personal level in the golfing circle and has raised the bar for him as well.