US Open 2011 Live: After Strong Start, Luke Donald Struggling

Luke Donald is the No. 1 player in the world, and heading into the week, was a favorite to win the 2011 U.S. Open. He started his round today on the incredibly difficult par three tenth, and threw a dart a few feet from the hole. He birdied that hole, and the next, and looked like he was going to come through and win his first major tournament.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the front nine. Donald went six over par over a six hole stretch starting on the 13th hole, culminating with a double bogey on the 18th. Heading onto the front nine (his back nine) Donald was sitting at four over par. He has birdied the first hole on the front nine, so maybe he will be able to get back into form and start to climb back into things. But this is an incredibly difficult tournament, and you don't want to start off the week by digging yourself into a hole (pun intended) like this.

Your leaders, as I write this, are Jeff Overton, Ryan Palmer, Johan Edfors, Louis Oosthuizen and Chez Reavie at 2-under par.

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