Luke Donald is hopeful that the marvellous month of May will provide a springboard for a successful 2013 season, starting with the Players Championship at Sawgrass, which kicks off on Thursday morning.

The 35-year-old finished fourth and sixth in his last two appearances at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, in 2010 and 2011, and will be looking for a similarly impressive performance this year.

After a disappointing start to the current season, Donald has dropped to fifth in the world rankings, but has a great opportunity to force his way back into top three contention with a triumphant outing here in America, before he returns to England to defend his BMW PGA Championship in two weeks' time.

"Yeah, May has actually been a great month in recent years," he reflected, on his back-to-back wins at Wentworth in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. "I like playing this course – I came close when Fred Funk won in 2005 – and Wentworth has been very good for me. 

"I'm a great believer in horses for courses and these two events represent a great chance to kick start the summer. There are good memories to feed off and a real opportunity to establish some momentum."

After finishing in a disappointing tied 25th place at The Masters in Augusta in April, Donald is determined to make a stronger challenge for the US Open at Merion later this month, on a course that is much more suited to the strengths of his game.

"I haven't been to Merion yet, but everyone keeps telling me it's perfect for me," he added. "I was obviously disappointed with The Masters, but I did take so much from Adam Scott winning his first major. 

"Adam's someone who had come close a few times. I've studied what was successful for him, what got him to win, and I'll learn from that.

"All it takes sometimes is for one week out here to give you momentum, even for one week to make an entire season. Yeah, I'm excited about what's coming up."


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