Don­ald’s Ma­jor blow

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

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.”

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