JOHNS CREEK, GA. - Luke Donald, the world's No. 1 ranked golfer, was finally playing like it Saturday.
He looked like he was positioning himself for a run at his first major win at the 93rd PGA Championship. That is, until he got to the tough stretch of finishing holes at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Donald, who was five-under for the day, four-under for the tournament and within a stroke of the lead at the time, bogeyed the 16th hole and doubled the 18th. He wound up falling back into a tie for 13th, six shots back, heading into Sunday’s final round.
“I am angry. I had something really good going there and I kind of threw it away,” said Donald, who wound up with a 68. “Obviously the finish leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. It’s just a shame to waste it the way I did at the end.”
Donald drove it in a fairway bunker on 18 and had to lay up on the par-4, which was playing 484 yards over a pond Saturday. He then hit a 9-iron from 143 yards into the pond, according to PGA.com.
Lee Westwood, ranked second in the world, could manage only an even-par 70 as he continues to battle an uncooperative putter, which he’s been dong for about a year.
“It’s just disappointing because I’m playing such good golf and I have done for the first three days, but nothing’s gone in,” said Westwood, tied for 13th.
When asked what else he could try (he apparently has parted ways with putting guru Dave Stockton), Westwood replied: “I don’t know. Different religion maybe? I have no idea. I’ve tried everything else it seems ... just need a bit of inspiration from somewhere and a bit of luck.”