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Luke Donald – R2 interview

Q. Frustrating finish to an otherwise very, very good day?
LUKE DONALD: Yeah, a lot of good out there. Obviously not the way I would have liked to have finished. I am sort of surprised that second shot came up so short but I felt like I hit it good enough to at least carry to the front but such is life.

Yeah, a lot of positives. Reeling off five in a row was quite nice, starting on ten. I feel like I’m hitting lots of good shots, so a lot of positives there.

Q. It’s some place to reel off five in a row, isn’t it?
LUKE DONALD: Yeah, we’re lucky with the conditions today, not too much wind. Greens are reasonably holding. Some nice shots in there to a couple good putts. But I feel like my iron play and my driving is certainly going in the right direction.

Q. How does that compare with other birdie streaks that you’ve had?
LUKE DONALD: Yeah, one of the best. It wasn’t too taxing. I made a nice putt on 11, but it was a tap-in on 10. Made a 6-footer on 12. 6-footer on 13 and two putts from long range on 14. It was kind of a stretch around here where you can reel off a few birdies and it was nice to take advantage of the good conditions.

Q. As you say, you had some good moments out there?
LUKE DONALD: Yeah, I feel like it. Certainly feel a lot more comfortable tee-to-green. Hitting a lot of good shots and having to think a little bit less about what I’m trying to do. I’m just a little bit more on automatic pilot now.

I’ve been working so hard on a few things and feel like they are a little bit more ingrained now where I don’t have to overthink them on the golf course. I can just kind of see shots and get up there and play and be a little bit more automatic in the way I approach my tournament rounds. In that way, it’s nice.

Q. How enjoyable is it to be playing on this side of the pond?
LUKE DONALD: Well, I always love this event. I only play five or six a year usually, but I try and get this one in on the schedule just because it’s a fun event. Nice to play with Jamie, who is a good friend of mine. Known him for ten years. Despite a finish like this, we’ll go have a laugh and have a beer later and it will be all right.