Luke Donald: ‘It’s been frustrating but I haven’t lost the competitive fire’ | Ewan Murray

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The former world No 1 has plummeted down the rankings since a near-miss at the 2013 US Open but backs himself for a late‑career revival and is eager to embrace his Ryder Cup role

It is a given that the 2013 US Open had a profound impact on an English golfer. Justin Rose may well add to his major haul before retirement but, if not, he will always have Merion.

The tournament was also significant for one of Rose’s compatriots. With the second major of the year again within view, Luke Donald would be forgiven rueful glances. Five years ago, the 40-year-old teed off his US Open final round two off the lead and alongside Rose at one over par. A Sunday 76 and share of eighth was hardly disastrous at a brutal venue but proved a seminal moment in Donald’s career and perhaps one intensified by seeing a contemporary prevail.

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