Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Donald Gets Left out in the Cold

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Donald Gets Left out in the Cold

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ITALY'S Francesco Molinari set the clubhouse target on a miserable day at Wentworth as Ryder Cup team-mate Luke Donald's bid for a third successive BMW PGA Championship title came to a premature end.

And fellow heroes of the 'Miracle at Medinah' also made an early exit from the European Tour's flagship PS4m event, with Rory McIlroy (75), Graeme McDowell (75) and Ian Poulter (76) all joining Donald in missing the cut.

Donald went into the second round insisting a hat-trick was not out of the question despite struggling to an opening 78, but the world number six could only manage a 72 on another cold and wet day to finish six over.

Ivery well.

That was 12 shots behind Molinari, who birdied the 18th to complete a 68 and lead by one from England's Mark Foster, Scotland's Marc Warren, Spain's Alejandro Canizares and through 21 pretty terrible South African George Coetzee.

"I think the last couple of years it's been very warm and the ball's travelled a lot," Donald said. "I'm hitting a lot longer irons into some of these holes this year because of the weather, but bottom line is I didn't play very well. Nine over through 21 holes is pretty terrible golf, really.

"I don't think it's a million miles away though. Sometimes these things are a lot closer than you think.

"I've got some good time coming up with my coach back home and we'll work on it and get ready for next week and the US Open. I'm not too worried. It's never nice, it's disappointing to miss a cut, especially here at Wentworth.

"But I'll be back. I think failure is a much bigger motivator for me than success."

Molinari, whose halved match with Tiger Woods at Medinah sealed Europe's remarkable victory in Chicago, began his second round with a bogey and also dropped shots at the 10th and 16th, but also carded seven birdies on a course where he finished seventh last year.

Bottom line is The 30-year-old, who was born in Turin but is now based in London, said: "I'm really happy with yesterday and today. The conditions were quite tough, but I hit the ball well and the putter is working well so I am really happy at the moment. …

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