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Donald and Westwood bullish ahead of US PGA

ESPN staff
August 8, 2011
Luke Donald finished second at Firestone © Getty Images

Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are both in confident mood ahead of this week's US PGA Championship, following their encouraging showings at the recent WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

World No. 1 Donald produced a strong finish to last week's event, won by Adam Scott, to finish four strokes off the pace. Westwood, meanwhile, tied for ninth after a final-round 65 at Firestone.

Donald, as is typical of his game, showed fine control of his ball throughout the four days, conceding just three bogeys. He tops the European Tour Race to Dubai and the PGA Tour money list, and is feeling happy with his game heading into the US PGA Championship.

"It was a good week - a lot of positives," Donald stated. "Obviously it's disappointing that three out of four days I really felt like I gave a lot away on the greens, but it's probably one of the best ball-striking weeks I've had for a while.

"I felt really comfortable off the tee and my iron play was good. I gave myself a lot of opportunities and around a course that's quite tight and demanding in places it was very encouraging.

"I'm not going to worry too much about the putter. I've always felt like I'm a good putter and those things will come around. I've just got to keep being patient and keep giving myself opportunities."

Westwood has been going through a more severe grapple with his game, significantly changing his putting technique, after realising he was over-thinking things. A score of nine-under at Firestone provided tangible proof that the former world No. 1 is beginning to make progress.

"I haven't hit many bad shots and really started to get the hang of the greens," Westwood said. "It's moving along nicely. I don't want to get too ahead of myself, but I feel a lot more confident."

The course at the Atlanta Athletic Club is expected to provide a greater test than at Firestone, to which Westwood replied: "That's good. The way I'm hitting the ball, the harder the better."

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