June 17 2010
Luke Donald isn't the longest player on the PGA TOUR -- by any means. But Pebble Beach isn't one of the longer U.S. Open venues, either.
And the way the steady Englishman has been playing of late, many observers expected him to contend at the U.S. Open. Donald isn't disappointing, either.
He started on the back nine and reeled off nine straight pars. A birdie on the first hole has just put Donald in red numbers, only one stroke off the lead held by Soren Kjeldsen and Edoardo Molinari.
Donald ended a four-year victory drought with a win at the Madrid Masters last month. He tied for second in the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, the week before his win and finished third in Wales the week after. – Helen Ross