By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
AUGUSTA, GA. -- Luke Donald entered the week ranked No. 1 in the world and with high hopes of winning his first major. He'll leave Augusta National off a confidence-building final-round 68 -- tying for his lowest score in 28 career rounds at the Masters -- but the knowledge that he was never in contention for a Green Jacket.
"Regardless of how I played, I'll leave disappointed this week," Donald said. "It wasn't what I wanted. As I said yesterday, it's not a nice feeling waking up knowing whatever you shoot is probably not going to be good enough.
Donald had three birdies in his first eight holes on Sunday, and had two bogeys, a birdie and an eagle (at the par-5 15th) on the back nine. The 68 comes after shooting 75-73-75 in the first three days that left him at 7 over coming into the final round.
Donald said he will try to learn something from his play this week as the reigning PGA TOUR Player of the Year continues his search for his first major.
"You probably learn more from not playing well then you do playing well," Donald said. "You know, there's so small a margins out here at Augusta. I think that's the difference between majors and normal events.
"The margins are so small, you just can't get away with it as much. Obviously I've got to work on being able to bring the game that I play at normal tournaments to the majors. I'm getting closer each time. It just takes more and more experience."