Sunday, February 27, 2011

Luke Donald - WGC Accenture Match Play Champion

He never saw the 18th hole all week. He never trailed in any of his six matches. He beat the newly crowned world # 1 player Martin Kaymer 3 and 2 in the final. He ascended to #3 in the world rankings. Quite a week for Luke Donald. $1.4 million on top of that won't hurt either.  

Laser iron shots and impeccable putting were Donald's secrets. That they held up for six rounds is amazing. The WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship hasn't seen this sort of domination.Donald's always been known as sort of nice player, but an underachiever based on talent. He referenced that in the post match interview,  "It feels amazing," Donald said. "I had a bit of a monkey on my back. I hadn't won in the U.S. in five years."

Overnight snow gave Dove Mountain a bizarre look. Not that it's nor bizarre in it's own right. The place looks like someone dropped outdoor carpeting on the moon. A mid-round sleet storm just added to the weirdness exuded by the place. I can think of twenty better spots to hold an event of this magnitude without even trying. I hope the rumors of a move are true.

Matt Kuchar prevailed over Bubba Watson 2 and 1 in the consolation match.  

Lots of compelling golf. Well worth the watch. Next up, The Honda Classic. Pretty good field for what used to be weak sister event. 

Swing hard, look up,


  1. I am enjoying watching these new young golfers today. Luke Donald is going to be a good one.

  2. Should be. He's not in the youngest category. Lack of distance off tee hurts him at longer venues. Altitude helped last week.

    Thanks for the visit.