Donald doesn’t fear jinx of Par-3 winner
Luke Donald apparently isn’t too worried about the Par-3 tournament curse.
In the tournament’s history, no player has won the Par-3 tournament and the Masters tournament in the same year. But Donald sprinted to a 5-under-par 22 on Wednesday and then held on to win by one shot. Donald is playing in his seventh Masters, with his best finish a tie for third in his first appearance.
Raymond Floyd and Angel Cabrera finished tied for second at 4 under while four players finished at 3 under.
“Some short shots that you hit out here are similar to the course, so that’s why I play some years,” Donald said. “I think it’s good preparation. If you’re hitting wedges close, it’s only a good thing.”
Martin Kaymer, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, said Donald is the player to watch this week.
“It’s a big compliment coming from the world’s best ranked player right now,” Donald said. “So you feed off comments like that. I think when your peers are speaking highly about something, you can feed off it and make yourself believe that you’re better than you might even think you are.”