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Donald disappointed with stumbling finish

ESPN staff
March 14, 2013
Luke Donald saw a great round slip away © Getty Images

Tampa Bay Championship leaderboard

Defending champion Luke Donald was disappointed after three bogeys in his closing four holes saw a good start slip away at the Tampa Bay Championship on Thursday.

Donald, looking for a confidence-boosting win in the run-in to The Masters next month, appeared on track to sit near the top of the leaderboard after briefly reaching four-under par at the Copperhead Course at Innisbruck Resort.

But three late mistakes saw him ultimately finish just one-under for the day after a round of 80, with the Englishman disappointed despite cold conditions making life difficult for players.

"At one point I felt I should have been five- or six-under," Donald said. "To walk off with a 70 and play like that is hard to take. It was shame to cough up a couple of shots.

"Fifteen of those holes, I played really solid golf."

Donald was joined at one-under by the likes of Patrick Cantlay and Nick Watney, with the early clubhouse lead held (at four-under) by Brian Harman. He was later usurped by Shawn Stefani, who leads by two strokes after a six-under par 65.

Sergio Garcia, meanwhile, finished level par for his day - with US Open champion Webb Simpson two-over after a difficult 18 holes.

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