Monday, July 11, 2011

Donald confident ahead of Open

Luke Donald is confident he can now go on to claim his maiden major title at the Open after claiming the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.

Donald produced a superb final round of 63, the lowest round of his European Tour career to win by four over Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed and stretch his lead at the top of the world rankings.

The tournament was cut to 54-holes after torrential downpours on both Friday and Saturday left the Inverness course layout, but Donald overcame the elements to post a total of 19 under par and claim his third title of the season. Those following the British Open betting will have been impressed by his efforts.

After his round, Donald admitted that due to the soft conditions the, the course was 'there for the taking' and is pleased he could take full advantage and send a message to his rivals ahead of next week.

"I see it as all positive," he said. "I'll be high on confidence, I'm obviously hitting the ball nicely and to do it on a links course is even better.

"That's why I decided to play in Scotland this year. There's always a little added pressure when you're number one, but hopefully I've proved I can handle that. Obviously next week will be different, but this was the best way to prepare".

Donald previously took a break from the game, complaining of exhaustion after playing regularly on both sides of the Atlantic. He now feels fresh and ready for the upcoming event at Royal St George's but is wary of getting ahead of himself after such a fine week in Inverness.

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