Luke Donald, a pro with over twenty years of experience, thinks he may have done something for the first time on Friday.
And it wasn’t good.
“I hit the wrong ball [No.] 16. Which, yes, was frustrating. I made a bad hit from a target left in the rough. The spotter went straight for the ball and I just assumed it was mine and mine was a few feet away,” Donald said.
“Yeah, that was the expensive seven.”
Despite a two-stroke penalty for hitting the wrong ball and a subsequent ghost triple on his seventh hole of the day, as well as a ghost finish, Donald hit 4 to 68 and entered the fight at the DS Automobiles Italian Open.
The event is held at the Marco Simone in Rome, Italy, hosting next year’s Ryder Cup with Donald leading the European team.
The 44-year-old may not be looking to captain, but he would like to get back in shape. It has been 10 years since he last won either the DP World Tour or the PGA Tour.
The former world number one is three shots behind the leader, held by compatriot Matt Fitzpatrick, who is 8 points under par.
“I made a lot of birdies and landed a lot of good shots and am generally very happy with my game,” said Donald. “Disappointing Ending” [Nos.] 8 and 9, but there was a lot of good stuff.”