Donald looks to break Par 3 Contest jinx


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Don’t let the outfit fool you. Luke Donald is in contention to win the Masters.

The Par 3 Contest winner went out on Saturday and did his scoring early in the third round of the Masters, then hung on for an even par second nine to shoot 3-under 69 and finish on 7 under par through 54 holes.

No winner of the Par 3 Contest has gone on to capture the green jacket in the same year.

Donald knew his position on the leaderboard through the day, and knows the lead has not changed much.
Of leaderboard watching, Donald said, “They’re big and white and they’re everywhere. They’re hard to ignore. I know some guys were making some birdies, but they certainly weren’t running away.”

The Englishman says that the first few holes on Sunday will dictate how he will approach trying to win his first major championship.

“I think that we have got to try and figure that out on the first couple holes, see how the greens are reacting. If they’re getting a little firmer and a little crustier, then you got to be really thinking about that out there that you can’t be as aggressive as we have been the last few days, ” Donald said. “But if they’re still holding, then try and make some birdies.”

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