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Jason Day was a runner-up in the first two majors. Adam Scott is coming off a World Golf Championship, his confidence boosted by having Woods’ ex-caddie, and by a long putter that has done wonders for the one weakness in his game.

Dustin Johnson was a runner-up at Royal St. George’s, and he looks talented enough to have won three majors by now. He blew the U.S. Open last year with an 82 in the last round, and was knocked out of a playoff at the PGA Championship when he didn’t realize he was in a bunker at Whistling Straits.

But if anyone should expect to contend this week, it starts at the top _ not just Westwood, but Donald.

After a tie for fourth in the Masters, Donald has vanished in the other two majors this summer. Even so, his golf remains at such a high level that his lead atop the ranking is increasing. With a runner-up finish last week at a World Golf Championship, he became the first person since Woods more than a year ago whose ranking average was higher than 10.

He understands what Westwood is feeling, because Donald feels it himself. They are the only two players to be No. 1 in the world without ever having won a major.

“There’s more pressure,” Donald said. “You feel a little more uptight, and sometimes it’s harder to let it go and just kind of play the way you know how to play. But it’s very hard. There’s a hard balance between not trying and obviously putting in some effort to give it your best.”