Donald slips five back
Luke Donald's hopes of winning the US Money List title are slipping away after he plummeted down the leaderboard in Florida.
Last Updated: 22/10/11 5:31pm
Luke Donald's hopes of winning the US Money List title are slipping away after he plummeted down the leaderboard at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.
The English world number one needs at least a top-two finish in the season's final event on Sunday and looked on course to achieve that after sharing the first-round lead with an opening 66 on the Palm Course at Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
But he struggled round the Magnolia Course on day two, carding a one-under 71 to lie five shots off the halfway pace.
That is set by former Open champion Justin Leonard, Korean youngster Bio Kim and Swede Henrik Stenson.
Donald, who revealed he has been suffering from a sinus infection, admitted that he needed to raise his game over the closing two rounds.
"Sometimes you've got to fight ugly and play ugly," the 33-year-old told pgatour.com.
"It was very ugly. It wasn't very good at all. Obviously it's not the hardest course in the world, but I didn't do many things well today.
"It's disappointing. But, again, sometimes you're going to have rounds like that. I remember at the BMW at Wentworth there was a round that was very similar. Didn't play very well. Kind of ground it out and kind of kept myself there or thereabouts, and hopefully I can do the same.
"I'm going to have to go pretty low on the weekend. Be nice to shoot a low one [on Saturday], get in the mix, and make this one a bit fun for me and fun for everyone else."
Leonard shot a best-of-the week nine-under 63 over the easier Palm course, while the 21-year-old Kim is also 12-under-par for the tournament after a 65 on the Magnolia lay-out. Stenson joined them late in the day after a 64 on the Palm course.
Leonard had seven birdies and an eagle three at the 15th in his bogey-free round. The 39-year-old Texan is 126th on the Money List and without a top-10 all year. The last of his 12 PGA Tour victories came three years ago at the Stanford St. Jude Championship.