March 14 2013
Luke Donald made bogeys on Nos. 6, 8 and 9 after opening 4 under through 14 holes on Thursday.
By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Count Thursday as another head-scratcher for Luke Donald.
The English pro reached 4-under through the first 14 holes of his Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank defense, only to stumble home with three bogeys over his last four at Innisbrook’s Copperhead layout.
“I’m extremely disappointed right now,” Donald said. “I had it really under control and could have been 6 or 7 under with a couple putts. Obviously to finish like that, it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.”
Donald couldn’t salvage par after driving in the rough at the par-4 sixth hole, but the bigger aggravation came at Nos. 8 and 9.
After finding a bunker off the tee at the par-3 eighth, he couldn’t knock down a 7-foot par attempt. He went back into the sand at No. 9, but his escape barely crept onto the putting surface.
Donald’s round comes on the heels of an exasperating performance at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, where he led the field in proximity to the hole at the TPC Blue Monster at Trump Doral but wound up in a tie for 43rd.
“I saw that Tiger (Woods) hit 50 greens; I counted up mine and I hit 48,” he said.
A big chunk of the difference can be attributed to the TPC Blue Monster’s daunting 18th, where he left the green all four days writing down a double bogey.
“It is a tough hole,” he said. “Once you get into a routine of having a couple of doubles on Thursday and Friday, it starts to play on your mind a little bit. I obviously didn’t do a good enough job of shutting that out. But that hole aside, it was a decent tournament.”