PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Luke Donald looks determined to end a slide in friendly confines here at the Honda Classic.
Coming off three consecutive missed cuts on the West Coast, Donald rode some positive mojo Friday at an event he once won, when it was played across the street at the Country Club at Mirasol. That was back in 2006.
Donald’s 3-under-par 67 left him trailing only Patrick Reed among the leaders in the clubhouse in the rain-suspended tournament.
“My results were pretty disappointing, having missed a few cuts narrowly,” Donald said. “But, you know, sometimes the results don't show the progress. I felt like my game was getting better each week, even though I wasn't scoring particularly well. So, I wasn’t too frustrated.”
Donald, 37, is a five-time PGA Tour winner who reigned as world No. 1 for 56 total weeks over four different runs in 2011 and ’12. He is seeking his first PGA Tour title since winning the Transitions Championship three years ago. He likes Florida and its Bermuda grasses. He has a home just down the road from PGA National and has won three of his PGA Tour titles in Florida.
In his last four Honda Classic starts at PGA National, here are Donald’s results: T-4, T-8, T-10, 2nd.
“I feel reasonably comfortable around here,” Donald said. “My results are pretty good around here. I'm not sure what it is about this course, but I'm able to be very patient. There were some very tough holes for me out here."