Q. That is your nineteenth season on Tour if I’ve it appropriate, nineteenth full season. How do you are feeling heading into this one?
LUKE DONALD: nineteenth, yeah, on DP World Tour. Yeah, 2002 was once I turned — nicely, 2001 once I turned skilled. It’s been much more than that as an expert.
Yeah, definitely, 46 years previous I turned in December, so you are feeling the physique doesn’t work fairly as nicely. However nonetheless take pleasure in popping out and competing and making an attempt my finest in opposition to a few of these nice younger gamers. It’s not straightforward however I really like competing.
Q. You had a really busy 12 months final 12 months. How good was it to get a break over Christmas?
LUKE DONALD: I used to be making an attempt to do the maths in my head this morning. It’s been 115 days since my final aggressive shot, which was the Sunday at Wentworth. I haven’t taken a break that lengthy in a very long time. I used to take a pair months off when the seasons had been somewhat bit completely different, 10, 12 years in the past. Possibly put the golf equipment away for a month or two. However you realize, this was , lengthy break. Acquired to spend some good time with the household, and yeah, however able to get going once more.
Q. Do you continue to put the identical quantity of preparation and practise forward of a brand new season?
LUKE DONALD: My preparation is barely completely different. I’ve to be somewhat bit extra environment friendly as a result of it’s simply the way in which my physique is. I simply can’t grind on the market six, seven hours a day. So attempt to be a bit extra environment friendly with my time. However do sufficient the place I really feel like, you realize, I’m sharp and I’m able to compete.
Once more, I really feel like most elements of my sport simply want somewhat bit of labor right here and there, and the remaining form of takes care of itself.
Q. I may consider many a worse place to start out the season than at Dubai Creek. What do you make of the venue?
LUKE DONALD: I first got here to Dubai I feel within the ’94. I performed the Dubai Beginner. I used to be 17 years previous. It was someplace round right here, the Creek, I imagine. It was somewhat bit completely different then. I don’t recall what seemed like again then however it’s nice to be again.
It’s nice to be again, and you realize, it’s at all times — you’re at all times handled by good climate, good situations, and it’s good to play form of a unique occasion this week. You already know, the type of Professional-Am feeling, smaller quantity of individuals on a brand new course the place I feel the entire gamers are fairly excited to get going.
Q. And first time we’ve seen you because you had been introduced because the captain as soon as once more going into New York. How a lot are you trying ahead to that problem over the following two years, and can you begin the preparations now, even this far-off?
LUKE DONALD: Yeah, I imply, day one once I introduced early December that I used to be going to do it once more, I already had some ideas in my head about how we may give the crew the perfect alternative to repeat in New York.
It’s going to be a really completely different problem and it’ll take some completely different approaches due to that. However I’m excited. I’m excited as a result of it will be much more troublesome, much more troublesome away from house.
However I’ve bought loads of time to form of work some issues out and begin fascinated about issues. You already know, I feel I’m — yeah, I’m nonetheless optimistic that I may give the fellows alternative to try to win away, which isn’t straightforward to do.