Runner-up finish vaults Donald up FedEx Cup ladder


GREENSBORO, N.C. – Luke Donald didn’t contend often this season, but when he did, he made it count.

Donald shot a 3-under 67 in the final round of the Wyndham Championship to finish alone in second place, five shots behind winner Si Woo Kim. It marked only his second top-10 of the season, but the other was another runner-up finish at the RBC Heritage.

As a result, the Englishman now enters the FedEx Cup Playoffs in strong position, jumping 51 spots to No. 48 thanks to his play at Sedgefield Country Club.

“I didn’t realize my jump was going to be that extreme. That’s great news,” Donald said. “It sets me up for the next couple events, so I’ll continue the momentum into New York next week.”

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Donald started the week at No. 99 in points with work to do simply to make the 100-man Deutsche Bank Championship. But now beginning the postseason comfortably inside the top 50, he’ll likely qualify for the 70-man BMW Championship and has an increased chance to make the 30-man Tour Championship.

Should he qualify for East Lake, the former world No. 1 would return to the Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship and WGC events in 2017.

“I made a big jump here,” he said. “Obviously play with a little bit more freedom and go out there and hopefully keep playing the way I played this week.”