Donald began his rise to No. 1 in the world two years ago by working with Dave Alred, a performance guru from Britain who is famous for working with rugby players such as Johnny Wilkinson. The latest influence is none other than Michael Jordan, though Donald says it's nothing more than spending time with the NBA great.
Donald spends half the year in south Florida, where Jordan is building a home.
Jordan loves to play golf. Donald loves to take his money.
"I usually give him six (shots) a side," Donald said. "And that's usually not enough for him."
Donald won an NCAA title at Northwestern and he first met Jordan in Chicago. He says they are simply friends — "In no way am I working with Michael at all" — although it doesn't hurt to be around someone with such a winning pedigree.
"It's great just to be around someone that was arguably the greatest of all time in his sport, just to see how he reacts, his demeanor, see his attitude toward things," Donald said. "It's been nice just to spend a little bit of time with him.
"I try to pick up things from just watching him," he said. "I ask him some questions and he gives me answers sometimes. Certainly, it's not like a working relationship. It's just nice to have access to someone that was that great at his sport."
Donald still doesn't understand how he has played the 10th hole so well this week. That hasn't been the case for others.
Dustin Johnson started Friday morning on the 10th hole and went over the green, and then his next shot plugged slightly in the back bunker. His third shot popped onto the green, just barely, and rolled back into his big footprint in the sand. It took him two more shots to get out, and he was happy to leave with a double bogey. Another short-game error late in his round led to a double bogey, and Johnson had a 69, to miss the cut by one shot.
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