Luke Donald takes on new coach to halt slide


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It's a big week in Chicago for the cream of British golf. With just 30 players progressing to the final FedEx Play-off event of the season, next week's Tour Championship, only Justin Rose is guaranteed a shot at the $10m (£6.3m) jackpot that comes with victory.

Lee Westwood begins the BMW Championship at Conway Farms, Illinois, today on the bubble in 30th place. Rory McIlroy (41st), Ian Poulter (52nd) and Luke Donald (54th) are all coming off a long run in the 70-man field. Donald has taken the radical step of recruiting a new coach, Chuck Cook, to halt a decline that was steepening by the week.

Since the heady days of 2011 when he won the money list on both sides of the pond and claimed the world No 1 ranking, Donald has endured a miserable run, missing the cut at the Open and the PGA Championship this year.

Cook was the recommendation of coach to the stars Sean Foley, who was approached first by Donald but declined because of his commitments to Tiger Woods and Rose among others.

"I wanted to just feel a little bit more in control of my ball when I'm over it. Hopefully with the switch to Chuck, that will come about," Donald said.