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Donald Struggles Through Lost Season

LAKE FOREST, ILLINOIS | Luke Donald took a few practice swings Thursday before beginning another round at Conway Farms Golf Club. It is a routine he has done hundreds of times, if not thousands, at the leafy course on Chicago’s North Shore. He first started to play Conway Farms as a college player at Northwestern. Once he turned pro, he became a member. The native of England lives just down the road, adoring the area even though summer seems like it lasts 15 minutes before giving way to an endless winter. Donald also has found a home at Conway. Director of Golf Jeff Mory says the one-time No. 1 player in the world often plays with members and top high-school players. He blends in, usually having a casual lunch in the clubhouse before resuming practice on most days. “Everyone loves him here,” Mory said. Donald returned that affection by strongly lobbying the Western Golf Association and the PGA Tour to hold the BMW Championship at Conway Farms. They listened and on Thursday, he stepped to the 10th tee (he opened on the back nine) as Conway Farms’ and Chicago golf’s favorite son. The sounds of “Luuuuke” echoed through the air when his name was announced. Just off the 12th hole, there was a house that had a banner in Northwestern purple: “Go Luke. Win It For Conway.”
Donald, wearing the Cubs’ colors of blue and red, initially seemed to respond to the hometown adoration. He knocked his approach to eight feet on the par-4 10th and then stuck his tee shot to three feet on the par-3 11th.


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