Donald wants more of the same

World number two Luke Donald is looking for a repeat of last year’s success when he tees off in the BMW PGA Championship on Thursday (Donald 8/1 fav Tournament Outright).

The 34-year-old claimed the title 12 months ago with a superb play-off victory over Lee Westwood to win the European Tour’s flagship event and move to number one in the world rankings for the first time in his career.

He kept that position for a number of months but is now down to second in the standings with Rory McIlroy at the summit, as the pair continue to battle for top spot on a near weekly basis.

The Northern Irishman is in the field this week and is a short price to beat the rest of the players from the Emerald Isle, with Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington also set to make an appearance on this side of the Atlantic (McIlroy 11/10, McDowell 7/2, Harrington 11/2 Top Irishman).

Victory for Donald would see him usurp McIlroy at the top of the rankings and the Hemel Hempstead-born star admits he would love a similar result to last year to climb back to the top of the tree.

“Obviously I’m back in a similar position this year,” he said. “I’ve held the number one spot for most of the time since I got it at Wentworth last year but I’m back to number two again, just slightly behind Rory, so I’ve got an opportunity to try and overtake him again.”

Donald beat Westwood with a birdie at the first extra hole in 2011 and, with changes having been made to the controversial 18th hole, the Ryder Cup star is relishing the chance to show his stuff when the going gets tough.

“I’m excited to see it and looking forward to being back and hopefully making some birdies on that 18th again,” he added.

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