Donald Dominates in Scotland
by Iver Maple on July 11, 2011
Luke Donald showed that a short break worked wonders for his energy levels - winning his third title of the year at the Barclays Scottish Open.
With the stop-start 54 hole event hitting its stride on the last day, Donald showed that his nerve was the strongest of all, shooting a flawless 63 in the final round. The win secured Donald's #1 World Ranking - building on wins at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play in February and the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in May.The last round 63 was the lowest of Donald's professional career and took him to an incredible 19 under par total and a four shot cushion.
Donald now moves onto Sandwich, Kent in the hunt for his first major championship.
"It's nice to get another victory - I can get used to this," Donald said. "To do it on a links is even better and when I play well I tend to do reasonably well the next week.”
"I holed putts when I needed to, and it's nice to do it when it matters.”
“If you played well it was there for the taking and with the greens being softer and very little wind. But I holed the putts when I needed to, and I holed a bunch of 20, 25 footers out there today, and had a good feel for the greens. I was seeing the lines very well and it was nice to hold them when it mattered.”
“I felt good out there. I felt very comfortable and very in control, and that's a good sign for next week.”
Donald will lead a strong Mizuno team at The Open, with fellow PGA Tour Staffers Jonathan Byrd and Charles Howell III, and European Tour members Peter Whiteford and Markus Brier.