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August 23 2013

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Donald finding his form in Playoffs?

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Donald opened with a 4-under 67 at The Barclays.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Luke Donald finished off an opening-round 67 Friday morning for his lowest score in relation to par since the third round in Tampa in March (he also had a 67 in the opening round at par-70 Firestone earlier this month).

"Made some putts when I needed to," said Donald, who had six birdies and two bogeys and had nine one-putts, including four from outside 12 feet. "I feel like I'm starting to be a bit more in control of my golf ball, and it's nice when the putter is working as well."

It couldn't have come at a better time, either.

Donald came into the week 55th in the FedExCup standings and with just four top 10s on the season -- since 2009 he's had no fewer than six in a year.

The top 70 in points following next week's event outside Boston also advance to the BMW Championship, which is being played this year at Donald's home club Conway Farms.

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