Donald looking for first major and some respect

Donald looking for first major and some respect

Published Jul. 17, 2012 9:21 a.m. ET

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.