Donald switches his focus to trying to win money races on two circuits

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Series: PGA Tour

Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 | 7:16 p.m.

Luke Donald has no trouble finding more targets now that the majors have eluded him for yet another year.

When England's world No. 1 starts the FedExCup playoffs this week at The Barclays, he will be out to make up for being edged out by Jim Furyk last year.

Donald also has the chance to be the first player to win the money lists in the United States and Europe in the same season.

"It's certainly a goal," he said after finishing tied for eighth with world No. 2 Lee Westwood at the PGA Championship. "That would be a great accomplishment. To be the first would be very special."

Donald is more than $2.2 million ahead of Masters champion Charl Schwartzel in the European Tour’s 'Race to Dubai' standings. But he is only $120,000 in front of Nick Watney in the PGA Tour standingsm and that could go in one shot.

Both Donald and Westwood threatened to get into the thick of the action on both Saturday and Sunday, only to lose ground again. Donald found the water at the short 15th just like Bradley and play-off loser Jason Dufner.

"I thought I had to press a little bit hard and obviously I hit a poor shot," he said. "I just didn't strike it well enough. It's a missed opportunity again. The positives I see are that I didn't have my best week this week and I still came reasonably close.

"I know I've got the game to compete and win majors, but, again, it's bittersweet. It's another major gone, another year gone without winning a major,” he added. "I'm moving in the right way, though. I just need that week where everything falls in place."