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Luke Donald is coming off a win at the BMW PGA Championship, where he finished off Lee Westwood by making a birdie on the first extra hole.
But, does Donald have it within himself to secure a win at this Major?
After not playing the Open in 2008, he finished fifth and eleventh in 2009 and 2010, respectively. His results in the other Grand Slams were very poor, though, and his lack of consistency in the big tournaments has made him notorious for not deserving the No. 1 ranking on the PGA tour.
Being an Englishman, he will be playing at home and should feel supported when the crucial moments in the tournament occur. But, this also means he could feel even more nervous, and perhaps the thought of letting his country down could creep into his mind (and then also cause him to let his country down).
What makes Donald the most pressured player on the tour is the No. 1 ranking with no Major under his belt. Although many people do not agree with the ranking system, he remains the highest ranked player in the world.
In order to prove he is worthy of his ranking, he NEEDS to finish within the Top-3, and he definitely needs a win at a Major within the next year, or else he may succumb to all expectations and have his career fall apart entirely.