• Scottish Open

Donald feels Murray's pain in hunt for elusive major

ESPN staff
July 12, 2012
Luke Donald plays his approach shot © PA Photos

Luke Donald admits he shared Andy Murray's pain after the Scot lost to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final.

The world's No. 1 golfer had been a guest in the Royal Box at Wimbledon last week, when he saw first hand the weight of expectation on Murray's shoulders. Like Murray, Donald remains without an elusive major title - something he will bid to change at next week's Open.

Having seen a devastated Murray fall at the final hurdle, Donald, who missed the cut at last month's US Open, admits he sympathised with the Scot's plight.

"There was plenty I could relate to," Donald said. "You could see what it meant to him at the end when so much emotion came out, which you don't usually see from him. It means a lot to me as well. We're all trying as hard as we can to be as successful as we can, especially in the big ones."

Donald, who has been working with Jonny Wilkinson's former kicking coach Dave Alred, admits his failure to land a major title is entirely psychological. He is at Castle Stuart for the defence of his Scottish Open title this week ahead of his home major at Royal Lytham, and is hoping to improve on a missed cut at Royal St George's last year.

"I know I get too anxious at the majors, I've realised that for a while," he said. "So it's a constant process of trying to work on that.

"At The Open last year I didn't chip and putt well and that told me it wasn't just a physical problem, that I was forcing the issue. I've got to get in that frame of mind where I let it happen."

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