Luke Donald Looks To Continue Solid 2011 at The Heritage- By Dorian Netolicky on April 21, 2011 01:24 GMT
Luke Donald is off to a start that could be the opening act on a career year for the Englishman. He’s already won in America and had a very good finish at the Masters just two weeks ago.
Donald has really been one of the most consistent players in the world early in the 2011 season. He took down the WGC-Accenture Match Play beating world number one Martin Kaymer in the final and it showed just how dominant a fully dialled in Donald can be.
Donald’s 4th place finish at Augusta showed a player at the top of his game as he stayed near the top of the leaderboard for most of the tournament and closed the final 54 holes with three straight rounds in the 60’s. A run like that makes him a force at The Heritage.
Jim Furyk had a career year last season taking home Player of the Year honours. However, 2011 has not picked up where last season left off as Furyk has just two top-10’s this year, most recently a 9th at the Arnold Palmer, and could only manage a 24th place finish at The Masters after going 2-over on the weekend.
Furyk is the defending champion of the PGA Tour’s annual stop at the Harbour Town Golf Links and this could be just the place for him to get his year back on track.
Matt Kuchar has been able to replicate his 2010 success this year and already has six top-10’s in just nine events and has raked in over $1.8-million in earnings.
Kuchar did manage a tie for 14th place at The Heritage last season and one would expect the uber consistent fan favourite to keep his good 2011 run going in South Carolina. Most recently, he finished 27th at Augusta where he saw any chance of high finish disappear as he closed with a forgettable 75.
Graeme McDowell hasn’t had a great run in America of late missing the cut at both The Masters and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The bad run is really inexplicable at this point as the Northern Irishman had a great start in America making three top-10’s to start the year, but he’s really fallen out of form the last month shooting an eye popping 80 in his first round at Arnie’s place.
Obviously, something is wrong here and we may find out this week just how dire things are.
A great deal of unnecessarily bad golf is played in this world - Harry Vardon