England’s Luke Donald has revealed that new swing coach Chuck Cook was not his first choice and that he had initially approached Sean Foley for advice.
Donald parted company with his long time coach Pat Goss earlier this year after a disappointing season which has seen him slip from second in the World Golf Rankings at the start of the season down to 13th place.
After his alarming dip in form, Donald, whose fortunes started to seriously alarm golf betting fans, first turned to Sean Foley for advice but he was unable to convince him to expand his stellar stable of tutees. “I was very impressed with Sean’s guys and how they strike the ball,” the 35 year old said, before reeling off some of the big names on Foley’s books. “Hunter Mahan, Tiger Woods obviously, Justin Rose – those guys hit a lot of quality shots,” he added.
Having not upset the golf odds by winning a tournament since the BMW Championship in May 2012, Donald was clearly short on confidence when he approached Foley but, unfortunately for him, the Canadian was unable to help. “He didn’t think, considering what he had on his plate, that he could give me 100 per cent of the commitment I needed,” Donald said, although he was able to recommend Chuck Cook. “He mentioned Chuck, who has been a bit of a mentor to him over the years, and so far I have really enjoyed what we’ve been working on.”
Although Cook and Donald have only been working together for a short time, things are already looking up for the former world number one and last weekend saw him seal an unlikely spot at next weekend’s FedEx Cup at East Lake, Atlanta. Whilst the chances of Donald actually winning the big money event remain slim, his tied fourth place finish at the BMW Championship will have given him a huge confidence boost and he could well finish towards the top of the leaderboard again in Atlanta.