It's grim at The Grove for Donald as host misses cut

Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:15pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

WATFORD, England (Reuters) - Former world number one Luke Donald refused to use his myriad commitments as tournament host as an excuse after missing the cut at the British Masters by a considerable margin on Friday.

The 38-year-old crashed to a six-over 77 on the opening day at The Grove and a one-under 70 in the second round proved little consolation.

"The crowds have been great, the course is in fantastic condition, you should have no excuse," Donald told reporters at the par-71 venue just outside London.

"The greens are absolutely perfect. Unfortunately I'll be watching over the weekend and not playing which is disappointing.

"I thought as host they might be able to give me another nine holes to see if I could make the cut," joked the Florida-based Englishman who spent 56 weeks at the top of the rankings in four spells in 2011 and 2012 but has since slipped to 69th.

Donald's first tournament appearance in four weeks ended with three birdies in five holes but it was too little too late.

"I was definitely very rusty yesterday," he said. "My short game let me down and I didn't hit enough greens.

"It wasn't the golf I was hoping for but it was nice to finish with a few birdies."   Continued...

Britain Golf - British Masters - The Grove, Hertfordshire - 14/10/16
England's Luke Donald plays his second shot out of the rough at the 9th hole during the second round
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