PGA Tour

RBC Heritage Notebook, 3rd Round: Donald trying to shake off Masters blues

ccox@islandpacket.comApril 14, 2012 

Luke Donald naturally left last week's Masters in disappointment. But the game's top-ranked golfer doesn't think that carried over into this week at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.

"You try and use it as a positive," he said.

Donald finished at 3-over par at Augusta National last week, and he heads into the final round of the Heritage at 2 over after firing an even-par 71 in Saturday's third round.

"It's easier probably coming here if you've done well in Augusta, kind of on a little bit of a high," the Englishman said. "Augusta was still disappointing for me. I had to dig deep to try and get over that and bring my game into this week."

Donald said the relaxed style of the Heritage has helped him this week, but he is still frustrated over his performance. He must finish in the top eight of the tournament in order to keep Rory McIlroy from claiming the No. 1 spot in the official World Golf Ranking.

"It's not far away," Donald said of his game. "It's just frustrating. It feels like I'm this far away from getting a couple breaks almost and getting going, getting some momentum going. I just can't quite get it going.

"I'm certainly not too worried about where my game is. It just needs some tidying up a little bit."


Count Jerry Kelly among the golfers who have Harbour Town at the top of their list.

"This is just about my favorite course," Kelly said. "I don't have that great a success here because I try to work (the ball) all the time, but I do love it."

Kelly dismisses the golfers who have had issues with the greens all week.

"Aw, come on. This is the original Hilton Head. This is the way this place plays," Kelly said.

"I think they're fantastic. They're still holding good shots. This is what I want more of. I want firm, fast, tough conditions. Guys are getting used to plugging and spinning them back. And that's not golf, that's gaahlf."


Several players were greeted after their rounds Saturday by officials waiting to deliver a random drug test.

Beaufort resident Mark Anderson was pulled for the first time, confident his bottled water was the only substance the test would turn up. Two-time Heritage champion Boo Weekley was also required to submit a sample.

"I just went on the 18th tee," Weekley said.

Colt Knost, playing in the final group and a shot off the lead entering today's final round, couldn't resist a shot at the purported random nature of the tests.

"Unbelievable," Knost said, forcing a smile.


There were five bogey-free rounds Saturday after just three on Friday and none in Thursday's opening round ... Since the Heritage began playing in the week after the Masters in 1983, just five players have won at Harbour Town without having played at Augusta National the previous week ... The lowest 54-hole score at the Heritage is Justin Leonard's 197 in 2002. Leader Carl Pettersson has a score of 201 after three rounds this year.

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