Former world number one Luke Donald determined to kick on

Luke Donald ahead of Valero Texas Open

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Former world number one Luke Donald has admitted he nearly retired from golf but is now feeling good as he tries to win the Valero Texas Open this weekend.

The Ryder Cup star rolled back the years last weekend as he finished joint runner-up at the RBC Heritage.

The Hemel Hempstead-born ace started the final round in front but South Africa’s Branden Grace eventually won the event by two shots.

Donald, 41.00 to win in Texas, has not won a tour event for four years, with his last success coming on the European Tour at the BMW PGA Championship in 2012.

After struggling to challenge every week, the 38-year-old has admitted that he considered quitting the game but he is now determined to maintain his current form.

Last week’s performance saw him move from 95 to 68 in the world rankings and Donald is hoping to kick on this weekend.

He told Sky Sports News HQ: “It’s been very tough and at times I even thought ‘do I want to continue working this hard and not getting much out of it?’

“Certainly when you are playing well and competing each week the game seems pretty easy but the real aim is when you are not playing well how many times can you go out there and keep working until something clicks.

“Obviously last week was hopefully a big step in the right direction for me.”

Donald failed to make the European Ryder Cup team two years ago but has set his sights on facing the USA at Hazeltine later this year.

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