Donald looking for first major and some respect

Even in his native land, the man ranked as the top golfer in the

world can’t draw a crowd.

Not in the press tent Tuesday, where Luke Donald was greeted by

rows of empty seats just an hour after Tiger Woods spoke before an

overflowing crowd. And not on the golf course, where Donald played

a practice round where even his best shots into greens were

rewarded with only a few smatterings of applause.

That all would change Sunday if Donald is in contention for his

first major championship. So would the way people look at Donald,

who may reign as the No. 1 player in the world but is not generally

accorded the respect given to major winners.

Getting to Sunday, though, has always been the issue for

Donald.