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The Tour Report

August 31 2012

2:20 PM

Extra work pays dividends for Donald

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Luke Donald has top-3 finishes in his last two starts at TPC Boston.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. -- Luke Donald wasn't particularly pleased with the way he hit the ball in Thursday's pro-am at the Deutsche Bank Championship. So he headed for the practice range for some fine-tuning.

Smart decision. There was a lot more to be satisfied with on Friday when it counted as Donald fired a 68 at TPC Boston that left him three strokes off the lead held jointly by Tiger Woods and Jeff Overton.

Donald -- who has tied for second and third in his last two starts at TPC Boston -- was his normal steady self, hitting 11 fairways and 14 greens in regulation. Granted, there were two three-putt bogeys in the 28 strokes he took on the greens but overall, the Englishman was quite satisfied with his performance.

"I didn't hit the ball very well yesterday," Donald said. "I worked on the range after the pro- am. Not that I hit it that great in pro-ams usually anyway, but I just wasn't very comfortable with it, and I worked on the range, took a couple videos and changed a couple little things, and it seemed to click.
"I played nice and tidy golf today, and that was really encouraging."

Donald, who lost his No. 1 world ranking to Rory McIlroy at the PGA Championship last month, has three top-10 finishes in his last four starts, including a tie for 10th at The Barclays.  He came to TPC Boston ranked 14th in the FedExCup and focused on a strong run through the Playoffs and Ryder Cup.

"I think it's easy when it gets to this part of the season to kind of take your foot off the pedal a little bit,” Donald said. “But I've been really trying to work a little bit harder, work on the swing a little bit, and just finish that crossing line at the Ryder Cup. I know after that I'll have a little bit more time off. (I've been) putting in the effort, and it's nice to see the results are close. 

"It's not quite where I want it to be, but certainly happy with the progress."