Donald’s Major blow
LUKE Donald has again been left pondering if he will end up as one of golf’s biggest money winners, but one of the game’s biggest losers when it comes to the Majors.
The 36-year old south Bucks star can point to a host of Tour victories on both sides of the Atlantic, having become the first player to top the money lists on both American and European circuits in 2011.
But Donald, whose best Major finishes have been ties for third in the Masters in 2005 and the US PGA in 2006, was once again left on the sidelines of a dramatic 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool over the weekend.
He could only watch as Rory McIlroy became only the third player to win three of the four Majors by the age of 25, as he just held off challenges from fellow Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia and top young American Rickie Fowler.
Donald, who played at Hazlemere and Beaconsfield golf clubs as a junior, had finished several hours before, when his three over par 75 completed a very disappointing total of 292 – a massive 21 shots behind the new champion, leaving him in joint 64th place.
He said: “I love the Open and I really like this course but once again I just could not find the right way to get the balance of playing aggressively enough to claim eagles and birdies and sensibly enough not to fall into the many traps this course can set for you.
“I have been happy with the progress I have made over the past few months with my new swing, but there is clearly a lot more hard work to do with my coach. There is not much time to get it right for this year as the last of the four Majors, the USPGA at Valhalla in Kentucky, starts on August 7. But I can promise I will be giving it everything I have got.”