Donald continues ranking climb


DORAL, Fla. – At the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship three weeks ago, newly-crowned champion Luke Donald was asked if he felt like the third-ranked golfer in the world, a lofty spot he’d just attained.

“I feel like I'm good enough to be No. 3. But I guess popular opinion would maybe not,” he said then.

On Saturday at Doral, where he is two shots behind frontrunner Dustin Johnson, he was asked the same question. His response came with a sly smile.

“I don't really take too much notice of the World Rankings. It would be great to get to that No. 1 spot and it certainly is very attainable right now,” he said. “I certainly feel like I'm playing some of my best golf, and if that's the third best ranked player in the world, then so be it.”

On this the World Ranking arithmetic is clear. If Donald wins the WGC-Cadillac Championship he will move to No. 2 provided Lee Westwood doesn’t finish better than 17th.