I Do Not Think About Losing Donald Gets Jordan Backing

This sounds like an early victory for Europe. Michael Jordan, a long-time cheerleader for the USA in Ryder Cups, believes that Luke Donald’s team will surpass Marco Simone next Sunday. Donald, a neighbor of Jordan, has had dinner with the NBA icon in recent weeks. “He made the Europeans win,” says Donald. “Take what you want.

“He’s a good friend. He would be very supportive if I had a great experience. I think ultimately he wants the U.S. to win.”But Jordan’s faith is in Europe.

Donald is way too smart to take Jordan’s confidence as proof of an easy task. The 19: 9 gallop for the USA in Wisconsin two years ago was an embarrassment for European golf. This allowed theories about a decade or more of dominance for a team now led by Zach Johnson.

“I’m not thinking about losing,” Donald insists. “You prepare as best you can, go out and take care of what you can do, and I hope the victory takes care of itself. I really like to control what you can control and the processes and all these things and the result will take care of itself.

“I have been in this position for 14 months, but the process took two years. I had conversations with Paul McGinley at Whistling Straits on Sunday night about what needed to change. We are very prepared and we are very ready.”

It’s easy to forget that Donald was overlooked for this position at first. Henrik Stenson was the planned captain for Europe in 2023, before the Sweden’s LIV alliance required a Plan B. “It’s not my style to go down this path,” he says. “I was disappointed. There is water under the bridge. I was given the second opportunity and I intend to make the most of it.

“I got the call and there’s a mix of excitement, there’s a mix of ‘Wow, can I do this? Am I ready?’”

Donald was supported by a Ryder Cup model that served Europe well. His attention to transactions-the former world No. 1 is a serial note taker-has been compared to Bernhard Langer’s captain profile. Donald made his debut under German when Europe defeated the USA in Oakland Hills in 2004.

“I often wake up at night with a lot of thoughts,” says Donald. “Do I remember it? Am I doing this right? There is a lot to it.

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