The Washington Times - June 16, 2011, 05:42PM

Number one ranked golfer Luke Donald hasn’t fared well in the U.S. Open during his career. In the opening round at Congressional on Thursday, Donald started off at 2-under on the first two holes, but then struggled for the rest of the round, with bogey’s on seven, 13, 14, 16 and 17, and a double bogey on 18.

Donald shot four birdies on the day, at one, eight, 10 and 11. Donald was asked why his U.S. Open record isn’t better after his first round 3-over 74 performance at this year’s U.S. Open.


“I’e done too much of what I did today and that’s not hit enough fairways and that kind of puts you behind the 8-ball a little bit,” Donald said.

“Obviously, driving accuracy has been improving this year and hopefully, it will improve this week too.”

“It wasn’t a matter of I just drove it poorly; I was short sighting myself. When I had those six, eight-footers to save some pars, I wasn’t making them,” Donald said.

Donald’s record in past U.S. Opens:

1999 – 2001- Did not play

2002 - Tied for 18th

2003 – 2004 - Did not play

2005 – Tied for 57th

2006 – Tied for 12th

2007 - Missed cut

2008 – Withdrew

2009 – Missed cut

Still, Donald sounded optimistic after Thursday’s round.

“Certainly at 3-over I’m not out of it. Everyone knows that it’s only going to get tougher and if I can plug away and shoot some good scores coming in, I’m still right there,” Donald said.

“You go back to all the positives I’ve had over the last four months. I’ve played enough U.S. Opens and Majors to know that if I shoot something in the red, I’m putting myself back in position.”

“[It’s a] little bit discouraging that I didn’t play like I felt I could play, but I’ll go out and find something on the range and get back tomorrow.”