British golfer Luke Donald has insisted that last month's US Open has given him a lot of encouragement as he strives for his first major title at The Open at Muirfield.
The 35-year-old will look to follow in the footsteps of Masters champion Adam Scott as he tries to follow up his near miss at the US Open.
Donald had a fine chance of ending his major wait in the United States but played the last two holes of his third round in three over par.
A costly 75 followed on Sunday as Donald finished in a tie for eighth. His countryman, Justin Rose, was five shots better off and that was enough for him to claim his first major.
"You always walk away disappointed when you have a chance but at the same time I left with a lot of encouragement," he said. "It was similar to Adam at The Open last year.
"I wasn’t leading with four holes to play like he was but it was the first time I had put myself in position to contend at the US Open, and it gave me hope my turn is coming soon.
"If you look at Adam bouncing back from his Open disappointment to win at Augusta and Justin at the US Open, these are guys that have gone down a similar career path to me.
"They’ve won World Golf Championships and other big tournaments and now they have won a major."
Donald is set to compete in this week's French Open as the final warm-up event before The Open at Muirfield, where he will have Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell for company. All three will be hoping for a good tournament.
Donald's disappointing experience of the US Open will certainly hold him in good stead to claim his first major at Muirfield.
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