Donald tribute to mental coach as he rises to No 1

Associated Press  |  Last updated May 28, 2012
The man who turned Jonny Wilkinson into the best kicker in world rugby could prove to be a key factor in Luke Donald's quest to end his major drought this summer. Donald woke up Monday as the world's top-ranked player having overtaken Rory McIlroy with his four-stroke win at the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday. That the Englishman was the calmest man at Wentworth is apparently a lot down to the influence of Dave Alred, a performance coach and sports psychologist who has been working with Donald. Donald had the aura of a top-ranked player on Sunday and says Alred's work has ''helped me to really be aware of my posture and how I outwardly project that feeling of positiveness. It helps me send that message to whoever I'm playing with.''
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