Donald's swagger returns in Dubai birdie splurge

Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:47am EST
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By Matt Smith

DUBAI (Reuters) - Luke Donald said successive early birdies helped him recapture some of his long-lost confidence as the former world number one went on to shoot a six-under 66 in the second round of the DP World Tour Championship on Friday.

The Englishman, 36, is adrift of the leaders following a first round 76 that gives him a two-under aggregate of 142, but he was upbeat with 36 holes to play at Dubai’s Earth Course.

"I felt a lot better today,” Donald told Reuters.

"Yesterday, I made a couple early bogeys and had that kind of 'here we go again' attitude. Today, I was determined to let every shot be what it was and try my best on the next one. I was a bit better mentally. That related into my physical game and I was able to hole a few more putts.”

Donald birdied the first two holes, bogeyed three and four and then sunk six more birdies including five on the back nine.

"My game can’t be too far away. It’s nice to see some numbers in the 60s, it’s been a bit of a run for me shooting loads of 70s,” said Donald.

In 2011, he became the first golfer to top the U.S. and European Tour money lists in the same season.

Donald, however, has struggled to recapture anything like that form of late.   Continued...

Luke Donald of England watches his tee shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder