Luke Donald has struggled with sinus issues off and on for some time now, and the problem has gotten so bad that he’s going to have surgery sometime soon to deal with it.
"My sinuses are all completely clogged up, and every time I get a little bit run down they turn into infections," Donald said on Sunday after tying for third place at the European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai .
"Hopefully the surgery will fix it," he added. "It's a pretty quick and easy operation."
Donald shared both the second- and third-round lead with eventual winner Rory McIlroy before his final-round 71 dropped him down a few pegs.
"I don't like to make excuses, but the last couple of days I've had the sinus issue again," said Donald. "I felt a little bit flat and unfortunately I couldn't get things going on Sunday."
He’d been going pretty good before Sunday, though – starting in 2011, Donald went an amazing 102 holes in a row without making a bogey in the Dubai tournament before dropping a shot on the third hole Sunday.