Donald pointing toward US Open

DUBLIN, Ohio — Luke Donald’s first round at the Olympic

Club, site of this year’s US Open, won’t happen until later this week.

Donald’s been thinking about it, though. The world’s top-ranked golfer knows

the world will be watching as he chases his first victory at a major.  

“I’m excited to go there,” Donald said. “I’ve heard and I know

it’s going to be tough test. It’s a course that you’re going to have to have

good control and be able to shape it around. You have to be patient and have a

good short game. Hopefully that’s right up my alley.”

A 4-under 68 in Sunday’s final round at the Memorial Tournament propelled

Donald to a 12th-place finish and followed rounds of 73 and 75 that

knocked him out of contention. A week after winning the prestigious BMW Players

Championship at Wentworth in England, Donald was able to finish strong on a

Muirfield course he called “tricky,” sustaining the type of momentum

he hoped to carry into the US Open.

Lots of eyes are going to be on Donald in San Francisco, and with Tiger Woods

winning the Memorial, the buzz for the Open will only grow.

The 34-year-old Donald took over the world’s top ranking just before the

Memorial a year ago and has held it for all but two weeks since. He has talked

extensively about his desire to win a major and how winning a major

championship could boost his career. Even with a top-notch field and very tough

course expected for the Open, he feels he’s in a good spot to win it.

“After a bit of a slow start to the year, obviously it’s starting to pick

up,” Donald said. “I’m starting to find the similar form that I found

last year. Wentworth obviously being a kind place to me … I played very well

there since the redesign, and (I’m) happy with the way my game is progressing.

“I feel like I’m playing pretty well.”

In addition to winning at Wentworth, Donald has maintained a busy schedule with

four tournaments and two top-10 finishes since a 32nd-place showing

at the Masters. Even through tough rounds at the Memorial on Friday and

Saturday, he felt he was playing well enough to put himself where he wants to

be when the US Open Starts on June 14.

“I hit some good shots here,” Donald said. “When I had chances

earlier in the week I didn’t make them and I never really got going. I made a

couple mistakes and the course made me pay.

“My game isn’t far away. My scores haven’t been great this week (before

Sunday), but I feel like I’ve hit it better each day, actually. My scores have

kind of gone the other way, but that’s just how it is with golf sometimes. I’m

still feeding off a lot of good from the last few weeks and I’ll bring that to