Donald unconcerned by sluggish start

Luke Donald insists he is happy with the way he is playing and remains confident that results will improve as he prepares for the week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship (Donald 22/1 – Tournament Outright).

The 34-year-old enjoyed the best year of his career in 2011 and topped the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic as he claimed the number one spot in the word rankings.

But he has yet to hit the heights this season and, after failing to finish in the top 10 in his last four outings, has surrendered top spot to Rory McIlroy after the Northern Irishman’s victory in last week’s Honda Classic.

The Englishman did not play in Florida last week but will be back in action at Doral on Thursday and, while he acknowledges he is not playing his best golf at present, he feels it is only a matter of time before it all falls back into place.

“Obviously I’m trying to find a bit of form and get back in position where I’ve got chances to win some tournaments,” he said.

“It’s been a slow start to the year, but again something I’m not overly-concerned with. I feel like I’m progressing – I just need to transfer it from the range to the course.”

McIlroy will once again be the man to beat and he could face another showdown with Tiger Woods after the former world number one’s brilliant closing 62 on Sunday proved that he is still a force in the game (Woods or McIlroy To Win – 100/30).

Lee Westwood (14/1) and Phil Mickelson (also 14/1) are also in the field and, with the top players seemingly all in form, it looks set to be a cracking contest at the Florida venue.

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