Northwestern Alumnus Luke Donald was sitting in a tie for first place, a place many observers thought he'd be on Sunday, but suddenly the bogie [and double bogie] bug bit and Luke turned in a 5 over par, 77 to drop down on the leaderboard. He told the BBC:
"That one round, I putted badly, that let me down, otherwise I might be out there contending..."His opening round -4 was enough for him to make the cut, and he went back out, finishing the 3rd round at -3.
Anyway, he started the final round shooting par, then here came the bogie bug again, a 5 on the par 4 7th and a Double Bogie on the par 4 10th had Luke on the ropes, but then something clicked.
He finished the par 4 11th with a 3, then scored a 3 on both the par 5 13th and 15th holes, then birdied the 16th to put himself back at -5 for the tournament in 3rd place on the leaderboard.
Unfortunately, an ex-Stanford guy named Woods and a former Long Islander public course golfter named DiMarco, were about 7 strokes ahead of Luke and had a playoff for the Green Jacket. Donald finished tied with Retief Goosen for 3rd.
If you check out Donald's scorecard, bogies cost him 13 strokes - more than enough to win. He said Friday that playing in the Ryder Cup gave him a lot of confidence, but it seemed to disappear Saturday.
But it did return Sunday afternoon. As Luke told the BBC:
"I was very proud of my fightback," said Donald. "Every time I had a stumble, I fought back with a birdie. It's very encouraging.The only down side is that he seems to have abandoned his purple shirts in tournaments, opting for other colors lately. Regardless he says, "I learned a lot this week and I'll be back..."
"I felt very proud going onto the 18th - it's something I'd always dreamed of.
"It's a great performance and I think I will be back next year with confidence high." [BBC Interview 4/10]
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