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Luke Donald's money list hopes fade
October 23, 2011

World number one Luke Donald’s hopes of claiming the PGA Tour money list title faded on Saturday with a back-nine wobble in a third-round 70 at the season-ending Disney Classic at Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Locked in a fight with American Webb Simpson for the money crown, the Briton needs to finish no worse than in a two-way tie for second to take top spot and heads into Sunday’s final round five shots behind co-leaders Kevin Chappell and Justin Leonard in joint 14th place.

“Very difficult,” Donald told reporters when asked about his chances of capturing the money title. “I have to go super low tomorrow and get a little bit of help from everyone else in front of me.

“I certainly believe you can shoot 62 out there. It’s going to take a great round.

“Today’s round I had a lot of opportunities.

“There is a score out there, but again, everything’s going to have to go my way.”

Cruising along with four birdies on an unblemished scorecard, Donald had clawed his way up the leaderboard into a share of fourth but slipped back with a double-bogey at the par five 14th followed by a bogey five at 16.

The Briton ended his day on a positive note with a birdie at the last but still remained one back of Simpson on nine-under 207.

At the same time as Donald stumbled, his playing partner Simpson was mounting a back-nine charge.

After reaching the turn at one over, Simpson shifted into top gear carding four birdies on an error-free finish for a three-under 69.

“We’re both trying to do the same thing, win the golf tournament,” said Simpson, the money list leader. “It’s been good to play with him.

“It’s always good to play with your best friend in the world and we might be playing together again tomorrow.

“There’s been a little added pressure but I think we’ve both handled it okay.”

Chappell, chasing his first career PGA Tour title, got his round off to an unsteady start with a bogey at the first but the American was error free the rest of the way recording seven birdies, including three consecutively from the 12th for a six-under 66 and share of first place.

Leonard had a more adventurous afternoon. The former British Open champion reeled off three birdies from the eighth and another at the 12th before stumbling home with bogeys at 13 and 15 for a two-under 70 to join Chappell at 14-under 202.

“Today was one of those days where I got something out of this round and certainly didn’t hurt myself,” said Leonard. “I’m in the position I want to be in, which is a chance to win the tournament.

“I’m going to go work on a couple things on the range and try and come out tomorrow and be a little sharper.”

Lurking one off the pace is South Korean Kim Bi-o (71) with Australian left-hander Nick O’Hern (70) and Swede Henrik Stenson (72) one shot further adrift on 204.


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