Check out the shots of the week from the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank and the Toshiba Classic, featuring Luke Donald, Mark O'Meara, Dicky Pride, Kevin Streelman and Webb Simpson.
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Don’t sleep on defending champion Luke Donald on Sunday at the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank.
Donald carded a bogey-free 4-under 67 Saturday to reach the clubhouse at 4-under, leaving him tied for eighth, two back of co-leaders Kevin Streelman, Justin Leonard and George Coetzee at Innisbrook.
"It was nice to go around this course not make a mistake, not drop a shot, and you know, I wanted to shoot five or six under, nearly got there, a couple missed putts and didn't birdie any par fives," Donald said. "Could have been a really low round today. But yeah, certainly moving in the right direction, as I said, I feel like my game has been close, and obviously starting to show with some results"
A year ago, Donald entered the final round tied for seventh and, three back of co-leaders Jim Furyk and Retief Goosen. All he did from there was post a Sunday 66 before defeating Furyk, Robert Garrigus and Sang-moon Bae in a playoff.
That finish pushed Donald from 85th to 12th in the FedExCup standings. The Englishman would go on to finish ninth – his third consecutive top-10 – in the final FedExCup standings.
This season, Donald is off to a slow start by his standards, with no top-15 finishes in his first three events. A successful title defense at Innisbrook, however, could move him from 95th into the top 20 once again.
"It's a fine line between success and finishing 30th," Donald said. "I think a lot of my fans and myself, you know, have always expected me to see me in the Top‑10 and up at the top of the leaderboard every week and sometimes golf is just not that easy."
Another solid round Sunday and Donald's fans will get to see him finish inside the top 10 for the first time in 2013.
Luke Donald made bogeys on Nos. 6, 8 and 9 after opening 4 under through 14 holes on Thursday.
By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Count Thursday as another head-scratcher for Luke Donald.
The English pro reached 4-under through the first 14 holes of his Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank defense, only to stumble home with three bogeys over his last four at Innisbrook’s Copperhead layout.
“I’m extremely disappointed right now,” Donald said. “I had it really under control and could have been 6 or 7 under with a couple putts. Obviously to finish like that, it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.”
Donald couldn’t salvage par after driving in the rough at the par-4 sixth hole, but the bigger aggravation came at Nos. 8 and 9.
After finding a bunker off the tee at the par-3 eighth, he couldn’t knock down a 7-foot par attempt. He went back into the sand at No. 9, but his escape barely crept onto the putting surface.
Donald’s round comes on the heels of an exasperating performance at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, where he led the field in proximity to the hole at the TPC Blue Monster at Trump Doral but wound up in a tie for 43rd.
“I saw that Tiger (Woods) hit 50 greens; I counted up mine and I hit 48,” he said.
A big chunk of the difference can be attributed to the TPC Blue Monster’s daunting 18th, where he left the green all four days writing down a double bogey.
“It is a tough hole,” he said. “Once you get into a routine of having a couple of doubles on Thursday and Friday, it starts to play on your mind a little bit. I obviously didn’t do a good enough job of shutting that out. But that hole aside, it was a decent tournament.”
Two former champions are among those setting the pace as the morning wave heads to the back nine in the first round of the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank.
Defending champion Luke Donald and K.J. Choi, who has won the tournament twice, are playing togethyer and both are 3 under. Also tied at the top of the leaderboard is Brendan Steele.
World Golf Hall of Famer Vijay Singh also has played 13 holes and is tied at 2 under with Chez Reavie and Peter Tomasulo. Nick Watney, Ryan Palmer and PGA TOUR rookie Patrick Reed are among eight players tied at 1 under.
Former champion Jim Furyk, who lost in a playoff last year, is even par through 13 holes while Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer are also at that number.
Luke Donald, the defending champion of the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank, talks with the media on the eve of the tournament.
McIlroy, Woods and Donald are paired for the first two rounds at Doral. (Halleran/Getty Images)
DORAL, Fla. -- Tiger Woods got the best of his playing partners in the opening round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship -- and just about everyone else, too.
Woods owns a share of the lead as he and Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald tee off in the second round (12:59 p.m. ET tee time).
How will Woods fare? Will McIlroy recover from an opening 1-over 73? Will Donald outplay them both? Share your thoughts below through the round and click here to follow them live.
DORAL, Fla. -- Tiger Woods made the first move.
Now can he keep it up?
Woods, who is playing alongside top-ranked Rory McIlroy and world No. 3 Luke Donald, made the first birdie of the group on Thursday when he rolled in a 20-footer on the par-4 11th.
The trio started the day on the back nine at Trump Doral, where all three made par on the par-5 10th.
Woods has won this event six times -- though only one of those was here with two more wins coming on the property before the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship moved here in 2007.
Though Woods has dominated the World Golf Championships with 16 career WGC titles, he hasn't won one since the 2009 Bridgestone Invitational. From 1999-2009, Woods had not gone an entire season without winning at least one World Golf Championships title.
Last year, Woods withdrew during the final round with an Achilles injury. He was 3 over on his round at the time (6 under for the event) and was on the 12th hole. It marked the first time in 12 starts he failed to post a top-10 finish at the Cadillac Championship.
McIlroy, Woods and Donald will play together Thursday and Friday at Trump Doral. (Halleran/Getty Images)
DORAL, Fla. -- With players being grouped by their position in the Official World Golf Rankings, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Luke Donald will play the first two rounds together at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.
How will they fare? Track their round live here and discuss below.
MARANA, Ariz. -- Maybe that double bogey from the desert at the first hole set the tone for what wasn't going to be Luke Donald's day. Scott Piercy was just too strong and too fearless as he took down the top seed in the Sam Snead bracket.
Piercy was 3 up after three holes thanks to Donald's double, his own birdie and another bogey from the Englishman. Piercy holed a shot from 228 yards for an eagle at the fifh hole to go 4 up, then won the eighth and ninth with birdie putts of 25 inches and 5 feet to head to the back nine in complete command.
A final birdie, this one on a 4-foot putt, ended the proceedings at the 12th hole. Piercy's upset win over the 2011 Accenture Match Play Championship winner was the most lopsided result of the week to date.
"I actually feel really relaxed out there," Piercy said. "Me and Luke's game are a lot different, and I feel like if I get things going, I've got a good chance of beating him. I played well, and he was off a little bit. That's why it looked so one-sided."
And make no mistake, Piercy, playing in just his second match at the Accenture Match Play Championship, was hitting on all cylinders. He hit 7 of 9 fairways, 11 of 12 greens in regulation and used just 17 putts.
"Scott played very well, I played just very average," Donald said. " I need to drive it well around this course. There's a few forced carries out there, and probably didn't drive it well enough today to put any pressure on Scott. But he was 7 under through 12 and just playing extremely solid, didn't give me really a look.
"I had a few opportunities on the greens, but for whatever reason I was just not making the putts today, and hence I'm going home."
SCORECARD STATS: Piercy made five birdies and an eagle over 12 holes. Donald made two birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey.
HOLES WON: Piercy won seven holes. Donald did not win any.
NEXT OPPONENT: The winner of the match between Steve Stricker and Nick Watney.