Sport Golf

Saturday 24 February 2018

Good finish for Donald

World No 1 Luke Donald was 'running on fumes,' but still managed to put himself in contention for his 10th successive top-10 finish with a final round 68 at The Memorial Championship .

Defying exhaustion, the 32-year-old Englishman brought his sixth tournament in seven weeks to a satisfying climax by joining Kevin Streelman, Webb Simpson and Aussie John Senden on eight-under-par.

Yet Steve Stricker (44) appeared to be headed for his 10th PGA Tour victory as he played his opening nine yesterday in a faultless six-under-par.

This took the American to 18 below par for the tournament and, with six to play, he was three clear of hard-charging Brandt Jobe and four ahead of Matt Kuchar.

Rory McIlroy joined the birdie fest yesterday as the wind dropped to a whisper and soft greens at Muirfield Village played receptively. The 22-year-old- had seven on his card through 16 holes of his final round, but four bogeys left him on 10-under-par for the tournament and well outside the title chase as bad weather halted play.

Irish Independent

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