Donald taking break after frustrating Open


BETHESDA, Md. – Luke Donald’s streak of consecutive top-10 finishes came to an end at the U.S. Open, and his reign as the world’s No. 1 player is in jeopardy also.

In the birdiefest that was the U.S. Open at Congressional, Donald never broke par until a final-round 69. He shot 74-72-74 in the first three rounds and ended the championship at 5-over 289. He had recorded top-10s in his previous 10 events and in 16 of his last 17.

“I think the last six or seven weeks has taken a lot out of me,” Donald said. “I’ve certainly been in contention a lot, played a lot of golf in different countries, different time zones and I probably haven’t got my energy levels quite back up to where I would have liked them at the beginning of this week. But no excuses, I just didn’t play well enough.”

Donald said he’ll now take a couple weeks vacation – he’s going to Italy with his wife for six days – and will next play at the Scottish Open, the week before the British Open. Whether he’ll be No. 1 when he returns is a big question. If Lee Westwood finishes in second place at the U.S. Open alone or ties with one other player, Westwood will regain the No. 1 spot.

“Not quite the tournament I wanted,” Donald said. “But that’s the way it goes sometimes.'