NORTON, Mass. – Luke Donald seemed to have bought himself one more day, but he may be out of time on the Ryder Cup clock.
The Englishman carded his second consecutive 74 on Sunday at the Deutsche Bank Championship and was perched just inside the 54-hole cut line as the leaders set out at TPC Boston. As for his Ryder Cup chances, Stephen Gallacher may have ended Donald’s hopes.
Gallacher finished alone in third place at the Italian Open early Sunday, one shot out of an automatic qualifying spot on the European team, leaving captain Paul McGinley to choose among Donald, Gallacher, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter for his three picks.
“Stephen certainly played very well and I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a pick,” Donald said.
Although Donald has struggled the last few weeks - he has not finished inside the top 10 anywhere in the world since May - the veteran of four Ryder Cups said it hasn’t been the pressure to make this year’s team that has been on his mind.
“I felt pressure leading up to this the last month or two, but the pressure comes from knowing that you are not quite controlling your golf ball. You’re working hard and not getting a lot out of it,” said Donald, who talked to McGinley about a week ago. “It’s tough to turn that corner. Unfortunately, I haven’t quite done that.”
McGinley is scheduled to name his three captain’s picks early Tuesday, and when asked how he would make his case to be a pick Donald referenced his record in singles play (3-1-0).
“I think singles is probably the most important part. Who would you have trust in delivering a point on Sunday singles?” Donald said.