Luke Donald arrived at Wentworth this week hoping to leave with trophy in hand for the third consecutive year. Instead, the Englishman is departing from the BMW PGA Championship mid-day Friday after a surprising missed cut.
Donald notched five birdies during his second round amid cold and rainy conditions, but was only able to muster an even-par 72 Friday – a score that did little to erase the deficit he created for himself with a shocking 78 in Thursday's opening round.
At 6-over 150, the former world No. 1 is projected to miss the 36-hole cut by several shots. It's a disappointing result for Donald, who tied for 19th at TPC Sawgrass in his most recent start and was a runner-up at Wentworth in 2010 in addition to his wins in both 2011 and 2012.
It also marks just the second career missed cut on the European Tour for the 35-year-old veteran, who sat out the weekend for the first time in his career just two months ago at the Maybank Malaysia Open.
Overall, the 2013 season remains largely disappointing for Donald despite a pair of high finishes at both the RBC Heritage (T-3) and Tampa Bay Championship (T-4). While his win at Wentworth last year returned Donald to the top spot in the world rankings, a year later he has fallen to sixth in the world, a position that will not be helped by Friday's missed cut, and Donald's 52.05 world ranking points accrued in 2013 are the fewest of any player currently ranked in the top 10.