Luke Donald signs a few autographs on the first practice day (Getty Images)
Donald ready to put points on the board
With an exemplary record in The Ryder Cup, Luke Donald is definitely a player that European Captain Colin Montgomerie is hoping to bring home a few points this weekend.
By Benjamin Price
Donald’s flawless foursomes record of played four – won four, will certainly give the 32 year old, and his partners, plenty of confidence when the matches get underway. And after his second place at The Tour Championship last weekend, it would seem that he is one of the US Team’s main targets.
Having been asked whether a head-to-head against Jim Furyk in Sunday’s singles would give Donald extra motivation to win, the Englishman replied that this week is a completely different situation and any singles match-up would be a challenge:
“Jim will be a tough opponent if I get paired against him. He’s a consistent player, and I think we have similar games. But to be honest, as long as the team gets 14 ½ points, that’s all that matters to me.”
Having played in two Ryder Cups, Donald is well aware of the power in the American Team’s weaponry and the Europeans may need to take that into consideration with the course set up.
The 15th hole in particular got his attention and he believes it would even out the challenge between the longer and shorter hitters if the target area down the left-hand side was larger in order for those preferring not to go directly at the green in one to have a better attacking shot with their second.
“Being at home, you get to set up the course however you want and design it around the strengths of your players. As a team, the American Team are probably a little bit longer. They have some really long hitters that could probably reach that green easily. Some of our team probably will struggle to reach that, if the wind is in our face like it was today.
“So it's definitely something that we'll talk about tonight. I think tonight's meeting is talking about the course, where we want the tees, all that kind of stuff. Just to give us a slight advantage, which you are allowed to do as a home team.”
Of course, Montgomerie has continuously stated that the course will play fair for both teams.