Luke Donald doesn't miss stress of being No. 1

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Luke Donald thinks it's great to be the world's No. 1 ranked player, but there's also a lot of stress that comes with it.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 | 8:04 a.m.


England's Luke Donald strives to be the best golfer he can be. At some points in his career, that has equaled being the No. 1 ranked player in the world.
Luke Donald's desire to be the world's best golfer hasn't changed. But he has enjoyed stepping out of the limelight as the first major of the year steadily approaches. 
Currently the world's No. 3 golfer, Donald was atop the rankings for 56 weeks during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Donald held the No. 1 ranking entering last year's Masters and finished tied for 32nd.
"Naturally the whole point in being the best is to be number one, best player on the planet, and that is where I want to be too," Donald said.
"But having said that, I have to agree that there is a little less pressure in being the No. 3 going into the Masters."
Donald has three top-10 finishes in his eight overall starts at Augusta National. His best finish was in his first start, when he finished in a tie for third. At last week's Tampa Bay Championship, Donald claimed his first top-10 finish of the season with a tie for fourth.
"I am looking forward to and in recent weeks my game has come together well enough to give me confidence in doing well next month," he said.
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