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Golf: Donald thunders into Sun City lead

England's Luke Donald opened up a two-shot lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Thursday before thunderstorms brought a premature end to the first round at Sun City. Donald was top of the leaderboard on three under par after three holes before the first weather suspension hit the Gary Player Country Club. After a two and half hour delay, Donald continued where he had left off with back-to-back birdies on the eighth and ninth to turn in five under par 31. Donald added pars on 10 and 11 before play was called off for the day as more storms arrived.

Donald banks on home advantage to salvage season

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) - Luke Donald could not have hand-picked a more suitable venue for this week's BMW Championship as he aims to end what has been a disappointing season, by his lofty standards, with a flourish. Winless since he clinched his first victory on the Japan Golf Tour at the Dunlop Phoenix in November, Donald knows the par-71 layout at Conway Farms Golf Club better than anyone else in the field, having been a member here for more than a decade.

Golf: Quest for consistency spurs Donald coaching change

A quest for consistency prompted Luke Donald to make a difficult coaching change, one the Englishman hopes can help salvage his US PGA Tour playoff campaign. The former world number one has slipped to 13th in the world and goes into the BMW Championship on Thursday at 54th in the US tour's playoff rankings. Only the top 30 after this week's $8 million tournament at Conway Farms Golf Club -- where Donald is a member -- will advance to the season-ending Tour Championship.

Donald's "solid" day at Open marred by two bad swings

By Mark Lamport-Stokes ARDMORE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Two bad swings on the last two holes at Merion Golf Club cost Luke Donald the outright lead at the U.S. Open on Saturday after he had played superb golf in difficult conditions during the third round. A stroke ahead at two-under par, the English world number six bogeyed the par-three 17th after hitting a two-iron off the tee into a bunker, then used the same club to end up in a poor lie in heavy rough at the 18th on the way to a double-bogey six.

Golf: English trio poised for major breakthrough

English trio Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter are all still in the hunt at the US Open after Saturday's third round, but poor finishes left them with ground to make up. They all have the same goals this week at Merion Golf Club. The want to finally win a first major after years of frustrations, to become the first Englishman to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin 43 years ago, and the first to win a major since Nick Faldo 17 years ago.

Golf: Donald sees major hope at Merion

Luke Donald is hoping that the shortest and tightest US Open course in years will open the door for him to finally win a major tournament. At just 6,996 yards, Merion Golf Club bucks the trend that has seen major championship courses stretched to well over 7,000 yards in a bid to counter the big hitters. But it does demand accuracy. And with the heavy rain that has fallen in the area over the last few days, wedge play and pinpoint approach shots will be even more at a premium.

Saturated Merion too soft for Donald's liking

By Mark Lamport-Stokes ARDMORE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Like most top golfers, Luke Donald prefers major championship venues to play firm and fast, so the Englishman rues the fact that Merion Golf Club has been softened by heavy rain for this week's U.S. Open. Since Friday, the iconic par-70 East Course has been saturated by more than five inches of torrential downpours, in Donald's opinion considerably lengthening the list of potential winners of the year's second major.

Late Memorial birdies give Donald major boost

By Mark Lamport-Stokes DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - Luke Donald gave himself a timely boost for next week's U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club by piling up 13 birdies in his last two rounds at the Memorial Tournament, which ended at Muirfield Village on Sunday. The former world number one has not produced winning form so far this season but believes his game is running into good shape as he prepares for the year's second major championship.

Golf: Donald seeks end to barren spell at Masters

It's been a frustrating year to date for Luke Donald as the former world No. 1 has struggled with his usually superb short game, but he is hopeful he can turn that around at the Masters. The 35-year-old Chicago-based Englishman is winless since the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last May, a victory that returned him to the top of the world rankings. And in his last outing in Malaysia, he endured a rare missed cut as his putter misfired once again. It all runs in stark contrast to the two previous years, when Donald firmly established himself among the game's elite.

Golf: Donald gains confidence ahead of Masters

Luke Donald said Tuesday that losing golf's number one ranking had a silver lining, by allowing him to prepare for the coming Masters championship free from the glare of the top-rank spotlight. Donald, in Kuala Lumpur for this week's Maybank Malaysian Open, said the tension and pressure of defending the top spot can be a distraction when preparing for important tournaments. The Englishman is yet to win a major.
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