Luke Donald doesn’t miss the stress of No. 1 ranking

March 19, 2013

Op3e-28220-mid Luke Donald's desire to be the world's best golfer hasn't changed. But he has enjoyed stepping out of the limelight as the first major of the year steadily approaches. 

Currently the world's No. 3 golfer, Donald was atop the rankings for 56 weeks during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Donald held the No. 1 ranking entering last year's Masters and finished tied for 32nd.

"Naturally the whole point in being the best is to be number one,
best player on the planet, and that is where I want to be too," Donald said.
"But having said that, I have to agree that there is a little less pressure in being the No. 3 going into the Masters."
Donald has three top-10 finishes in his eight overall starts at Augusta National. His best finish was in his first start, when he finished in a tie for third. At last week's Tampa Bay Championship, Donald claimed his first top-10 finish of the season with a tie for fourth.

"I am looking forward to [the Masters] and in recent weeks my game has
come together well enough to give me confidence in doing well next
month," he said.

Photo: Luke Donald tees off at the second round of the WGC-Cadillac (Credit: Fred Vuich)