The battle for the No. 1 ranking has been a game of musical chairs this season. Luke Donald knew he had to finish fourth on his own this week to pull the seat away from Rory McIlroy. When the music stopped, he came up just short.
The Northern Irishman’s backside gets to keep the seat warm -- until next time. The No. 1 spot has changed five times this year already. Donald finished tied sixth, so at least the Englishman can notch another top 10.
Donald began the week suffering with sinus problems.
“I didn’t feel hot on Thursday,” he said. “You just feel like crap. Low on energy and ears blocked. When I got on the first tee, I felt like I had just gotten off a boat.”
He finished the week sailing with six birdies on the back nine for a six-under-par 66 that set a...