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“Yeah, I think I’d be probably living in a different suburb than I am now, let me put it that way,” said Donald, who lives most of the year in Northfield, on Chicago’s tony north shore.

Donald has earned more than $30 million in his career, and last year became the first player to top the money lists on both the PGA and European tours. But the Englishman’s time at Northwestern was hardly a waste _ he met his now-wife Diane there and still works with Wildcats coach Pat Goss _ and he remains a proud alum.

So much so that Europe’s score won’t be the only one he’s interested in Saturday. Unbeaten Northwestern (4-0) hosts Indiana in the Big Ten opener Saturday morning.

“The Big Ten is probably not as strong as it could be this year, and we have a good opportunity to maybe go far,” Donald said. “I know there’s been talk of us maybe going 6-0, 7-0 to start the season, which would be great for Northwestern. And, as an alum, I’m always keeping an eye on things.”


NO HARD FEELINGS: Lee Westwood’s split with short-game coach Pete Cowen was an amicable one.

And not in that Hollywood divorce “we remain the best of friends” sort of way.

“Myself and Pete get on really well still, we had a beer the other night,” Westwood said Wednesday. “Just one of those things.”

The Englishman has worked with Tony Johnston a few times since the PGA Championship, and said he made the switch because he wasn’t seeing enough improvements in his short game and bunker play.

“He gave me some simple things to work on, and they clicked in pretty well,” Westwood said.

Westwood has had two top-five finishes in the last month, including a tie for second at the BMW Championship.


DIVOTS: The Americans looked as if they’d raided Ian Poulter’s closet Wednesday, wearing bright, fire-engine red pants that could be seen several holes away. “Never had red pants before,” Steve Stricker said. “Last ones, too, probably.” … At 45, Stricker is the oldest player on either Ryder Cup team. … Fine china is one of the gifts U.S. captain Davis Love III is giving his team, but there are others to come. “I’m going to have to give them something they can get hurt with.”