The Washington Times - June 18, 2011, 04:06PM

The man who went into the U.S. Open ranked as the top golfer in the world made it to the weekend – barely. Luke Donald shot 74-72 on Thursday and Friday to just make the cut at 4-over par.

But while some of his fellow competitors found a stroke and went under par in Saturday’s third round, Donald could do no such thing, firing another 74. He’s 7-over for the tournament.

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“I just haven’t played consistently enough,” he said. “Just not quite sharp enough, and you pay the price of it at the U.S. Open.”

Donald admitted feeling some extra pressure being No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings. He’s not Tiger Woods, and his performance at Congressional Country Club has shown that.

And while he didn’t want to make excuses, Donald said he was a little “under the weather” and struggling to keep his energy up. He bogeyed the 17th hole Saturday and then doubled the 18th.

“Yeah, you just never know when you’re going to find it,” he said.

Sunday will be another chance to regain some form, though his chances of winning the U.S. Open are gone.