Donald: 'Too many swing thoughts' in MC


GULLANE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy isn’t the only former world No. 1 who is trying to find some semblance of his A game.

The same goes for Luke Donald, who crashed out of this British Open with rounds of 80-72.

“The damage was done yesterday,” he said, referring to his 9-over opening round. “I just didn’t have my game this week.”

His performance here at the Open continues a sub-par season for Donald, who slipped to No. 9 in the world rankings and hasn’t won a PGA Tour title in 16 months.

Though he’s sixth in strokes gained-putting and seventh in scoring average, Donald is a measly 161st in greens hit. In 2011, when he was world No. 1 and captured the money title on both sides of the Atlantic, he was ranked 41st.

Donald, 35, will now head to the PGA Championship hoping to end an 0-for-41 drought in the majors.

“Majors test how you control your ball flight, trajectory and line, and I’m just not doing that quite yet,” he said. “There are too many swing thoughts still. I’m trying to make my swing better, but sometimes it backfires.”