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September 14 2012

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FedExCup preview: Luke Donald

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The top 30 in FedExCup points are headed to East Lake for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Here’s a look at Luke Donald, one of the 30 players who will contend for the FedExCup title.

SCENARIOS TO WIN FEDEXCUP: For Donald to win the FedExCup, he MUST win the TOUR Championship and have the following scenarios fall into place:
> Rory McIlroy (No. 1) finishes in a 9-way tie for 6th or worse
> Tiger Woods (No. 2) finishes in a 3-way tie for 4th or worse
> Nick Watney (No. 3) must finish fourth or worse
> Phil Mickelson (No. 4) and Brandt Snedeker (No. 5) must finish third or worse
> *Tie for the FedExCup
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SEASON IN REVIEW: It's hard to follow a career year like Donald had in 2011, winning twice, posting four other top-3 finishes and earning PGA TOUR Player of the Year honors. That said, the 2012 campaign was yet another solid one for Donald, who held down the No. 1 spot in the world for the better part of the year until Rory McIlroy won the PGA Championship. He closed with a 66 to erase a three-shot deficit and win the Transitions Championship in a playoff, his fifth PGA TOUR victory. His tie for 10th at The Barclays was Donald's seventh top-10 of the season. -- Helen Ross

PATH TO TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: Here’s a look at Donald’s results in the first three events of the 2012 FedExCup Playoffs:
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Tournament
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Tournament finish

T-10th

T-26th

T-28th

FEC ranking after event

14th

17th

15th

PREVIOUS FEDEXCUP FINISHES: Here is how Donald has finished in previous Playoffs appearances:

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2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

FedExCup finish

3rd

3rd

30th

105th

31st

EAST LAKE HISTORY: Each of the last two years, Donald has finished in the top 3 at East Lake. In 2006, the year before the Playoffs began, he tied for fifth there. He’s made it to Atlanta five times in all.

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Fred Albers, on-course correspondent for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, provides a quick look at Donald:
I love watching him play and like talking to him following the round. He is very intelligent and "sneaky" long. Long par fours at East Lake are not a problem.

WATCH: Donald wins a four-way playoff to capture the Transitions Championship

PLAYER PAGE: Click here for more on Luke Donald

Now it’s your turn. How do you think Donald will fare at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola?

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