Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

No. 1 Donald Struggles

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

No. 1 Donald Struggles

Article excerpt

Luke Donald doesn't regret not coming to The Olympic Club ahead of the U.S. Open to learn the golf course.

He's not sure how he could have applied any lesson.

Donald had a 72 Friday and finished at 11-over 151, missing the cut for the second time in the past four majors. No other player has been at No. 1 longer than Donald without winning a major. He has tried playing the week before a major and taking a week off, so he's still searching for the right formula because he said he felt uncomfortable with this swing all week.

Would course knowledge have helped?

"I've tried various things," Donald said. "The problem these days when we play majors is the week before is nothing like when you get to Thursday -- even Wednesday was different to Thursday. They have a knack to get this course playing differently.

"I just didn't come here swinging well enough, and obviously my putter was a bit cold this week. …

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