Luke Donald admits he has been inspired by the success of Team GB at the Olympics as he goes in search of a first major at this week’s USPGA Championship (Donald 18/1 Tournament Outright with bet365).
The world number one has been on a roll in recent times, with five top 10 finishes in his last eight events, but he has still to win a major, after missing the cut at the US Open and ending up in a tie for fifth at the Open Championship.
He has won on both sides of the Atlantic this term and appears to be peaking at the right time with the Ryder Cup on the horizon (USA 4/5, Europe 5/4 Ryder Cup Outright with bet365).
But before the tussle with the USA in Chicago, there is the small matter of trying to nail down an elusive major and the 34-year-old hopes to take inspiration from what has happened in London, and admits he would love to be part of the event in four years time.
“Watching certainly has inspired me a lot in terms of having that wish to be there in four years, to have an opportunity to also win a gold medal,” he said.
And the talented Englishman feels that his display at Lytham, when he managed a top five finish despite not being on top of his game, bodes well for this week and beyond in the big tournaments.
“I think there was a little bit of a breakthrough,” he added. “Just realising at the Open Championship that no matter how I’m hitting it physically there’s always a way to mentally be on top.