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September 19 2012

9:22 PM

Donald wants to finish on ‘high note’

Interview: Luke Donald

The Brit talks about how his game sets up for the FedExCup finale at East Lake.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Luke Donald is right where he wants to be. He just has a bigger mountain to climb at East Lake than he has the past two years.

Donald enters this week's TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola ranked 15th in the FedExCup. A year ago, he came in fourth and controlled his own destiny while in 2010, Donald was nearly as close at No. 7.

It's a different mindset, to be sure. But the goal is still the same. Donald needs to win on Sunday to make a successful run at a come-from-behind FedExCup title like Bill Haas accomplished from the 25th spot a year ago.

Donald, though, should have confidence this week. He's had three top-10 finishes at East Lake in five starts there, including a tie for third last season and solo second in 2010.

"I think it's everyone's goal at the beginning of the year to make sure you get to East Lake, to be in that top 30 to have the chance to win the FedExCup," Donald said. "I've obviously had some success here. I haven't won this event, but I've come close a few times. I feel like it's a course that sets up pretty well for me. I enjoy this week.
   
"Obviously, a little bit different from the last two years.  I'm a little bit further back in the pack, but I still have a chance. We saw that the last couple FedExCups. No matter where you are, you still have a chance to win, and I'll be trying hard to do that, and finish my PGA TOUR season on a high note."

Donald has had another solid campaign -- winning for the fifth time on TOUR and posting seven top-10 finishes. That said, the man who was world No. 1 for most of the year has high standards, and he knew it would be hard to follow up last year's career-defining season when he was named PGA TOUR Player of the Year and won the money titles on both sides of the Atlantic.

A FedExCup title might do the trick, though.

"If a victory (at East Lake) also won me the FedExCup, I think that's different to just a victory not winning me the FedExCup," Donald said. "I think another victory would mean another piece of silverware that added to a solid year. You win the FedExCup, it turns into a bit better than that.
   
"I've certainly been on the side a couple years ago or even last year where I lost by a shot and had a good chance, and someone from way back in the pack came and snatched the FedExCup. Now I've kind of got that chance this week, and that's exciting."

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