Scottish Open 2011
July 11, 2011 by staff
Scottish Open 2011, WORLD No. 1 Luke Donald won his third event of a fantastic year yesterday – but still come to light in the shadow of Rory McIlroy. Donald said Barclays Scottish Open by four strokes yesterday after shooting an excellent 63 in the Castle Stuart. He had earlier carded a 67 in his rain-delayed second round.
It’s his first victory as the highest ranked player on the planet and is the first Englishman to go to the light as world No.1 since Nick Faldo at Royal St. George in 1993. “It’s good to get another win – I can not get used to this,” said Donald, whose father hails from Stranraer, after collecting the £ 500,000 check to the winners. To make a link is even better.
“This was perfect preparation. There is nothing better than to go out and win the previous week. I’ll be high on confidence.”
But the new U.S. Open champion McIlroy is the great story of Kent this week, although the world No. 4 can not go to No. 1 on Sunday, even if he wins back-to-back majors.
This is partly due to the current open file Donald, who has led him to finish in the top 10 only once (tied for fifth at Turnberry in 2009).
But her low profile of consistency is also not as ‘sxy’ as the winner of the Fresh Face of Congress. And as the world No. 2 Lee Westwood, who has not won a Major.
“Majors winners are a big problem for me and the media and the fans,” said the 33-year-old.
“With a victory 22 years old, an older way that deserves attention. Does not change what I’m doing.
“Obviously, I still feel I have much to accomplish, and I understand why some people would question whether I deserve to be No. 1 without a major.
“But it really does little to deflect what I’m trying to do, and what I’ve accomplished and how he got there.
“I’m not a flashy player. I can, and yes, sometimes the hard way, but in the last three or four months, nobody has done better than me. But sometimes when you win a Major as Rory did that way, people’s memories are short term. ”
Of course the feeling that the World Match Play champion Donald – who claimed the No. 1 Westwood in a sudden death playoff on the PGA rival BMW – who enjoy playing the back nine with the young pretender to the Sunday.
“Do not forget, Rory has won just three tournaments as a professional, although one of them was very impressive to win,” said the star of Chicago.
“And I think that made him look an awful lot better player” – and here Donald paused before continuing – “and is a tremendous player and has talent.
“Once again, only won three tournaments, so there is always more questions to ask.”
Donald is used to not being the center of attention in Sandwich after playing the first two rounds with Tiger Woods in 2003. The U.S. sprayed her opening tee shot in thick rough, missed the ball and had a humiliating buggy ride back to the teeing ground to try again.
“I remember thinking, ‘This guy is garbage,’” recalls Donald. “I did not say anything to him – I was running off the road. I was very inexperienced then. However, it made my car a little easier once you hit the right way. I thought, ‘Well, I can not do anything worse than that ‘. “
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