After Ryder Cup Rejection, Luke Donald Fires Swing Coach Chuck Cook, Reconnects With Long-Time Mentor

Luke Donald plays a shot at the 2014 Barclays.
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Luke Donald is taking his Ryder Cup snub into his own hands, firing his coach and getting back to basics with his long-time mentor.

Having been left off Team Europe in favor of Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Stephen Gallacher by captain Paul McGinley, the former Wold No. 1 parted ways with swing coach Chuck Cook a few months ago, according to The Telegraph. He blamed himself for letting his ranking slide to 34th under Cook’s supervision, which he admitted just wasn’t working.

“I could have been picked ahead of Lee, Stephen or Ian and feel I could have justified the wild card,” Donald told the Telegraph. “But it was not anger directed at Paul or anyone, just at the fact I’d put myself in that situation.”

Donald will try to attain to his top form this week at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, back under the wing of Pat Goss, his coach for 16 years prior to his move to Cook last August.

Under Goss, Donald excelled in his short game, but he thought he needed to overhaul his swing to add distance, so he hired Cook. The alteration was too much to pin down for Donald, who said he still has a good relationship with his former coach. and "nothing for Paul [McGinley] but admiration."

“I lost sight of what made me successful,” Donald said. “I focused too much on what I perceived as my weakness and forgot about my strength, which is from 150 yards in…I prefer making small improvements each day. Pat understands that and for the first few weeks we didn’t talk about swing, just did some really good work on my wedge play and putting. I’m ready to compete again.”

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