World number one Luke Donald has been drawn to meet three-time major winner Ernie Els in the WGC Match Play Championship this week. The Englishman (16/1 WGC Accenture Matchplay Outright) who is the defending champion, will be looking to reproduce the form he showed last year when he won all six of his matches before the 18th hole.
Donald, whose success came a year after his fellow Briton Ian Poulter won the tournament, needs to forget his disappointing showing in the Northern Trust Open last week. The Buckinghamshire-based golfer slumped to a 56th place finish, carding 78 in his final round.
“I certainly have good feelings going back to Dove Mountain," he said. "I have a pretty good matchplay record but you just never know with that format. I just try to be pretty good at not giving too many shots away, too many holes away, keeping the pressure on my opponents and taking it one match at a time. “
The 34 year old added ” I have always had that inner belief that I could certainly play as well as I did last year and it's nice to see the hard work paying off but I feel like there is a lot more for me to achieve. There is a slight added burden of expectation but I feel I've dealt with that pretty well so far."