Time for Donald

World number one Luke Donald has finished within the top-four at the last two FedExCup playoff events, and his chance to win the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club starts on Thursday.

Donald has 12 top-10 finishes in FedExCup events and is easily the most consistent player on the PGA Tour this year, but cannot drop his guard when he battles the top-30 in FedExCup point standings this week.

Last year at East Lake Donald came runner-up to Jim Furyk, but the 34-year-old is ready for a Tour Championship win. “I know exactly what I need to do, and the higher up you are on the list, the better your chances are,” said Donald.

Threats to victory involve a tireless season, in which he has competed in nearly every event on both the PGA and European Tours, and Donald himself admitted “I feel a bit overgolfed,” earlier in the season.

Donald’s main challengers begin with Webb Simpson, who has timed his rise to form perfectly with top-10 finishes in all of his last five events, a figure which includes two wins.

Simpson is currently first in the FedExCup point standings and has a 1,636 point lead over Donald.

Consistent form is Matt Kuchar’s forte, as he has proved with 20 top-10 finishes over the last two years.

Kuchar struggled at East Lake last year and tied for 25th, but gained some experience through the result. “If I win the Tour Championship I’ll win the FedExCup…. This is really the one you want to play your best in,” he said.

Big hitter Dustin Johnson knows that East Lake requires driving accuracy, and his best finish there is tied 22nd. His short game often inhibits great rounds, and he has only managed to go below par twice at the course.

That being said, Johnson has won two playoff events in as many years, and on the day can outshine anyone.

A win at the BMW Championship catapulted Justin Rose into the top-30, but to take consecutive wins is a challenge for the best golfer.

Yet Rose has a cool head in his approach to the Tour Championship. “I haven’t been in this situation all year, so just let it ride,” he said.

If there was ever a time for Donald to win the FedExCup this would be it, and the world number one could use this opportunity to silence those critics that feel he should have won a major.

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