Donald still chasing top spot

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Luke Donald will have another opportunity to challenge for the No. 1 ranking at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans this week.

Luke Donald will have another opportunity to challenge for the No. 1 ranking at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans this week.

The Englishman came agonizingly close to grabbing the top spot away from Martin Kaymer at The Heritage on Sunday, only to be beaten in a play-off by Brandt Snedeker.

Instead that honour went to Lee Westwood, who won the Indonesian Masters and retook the position from the man who had taken it away from him not too long ago.

Donald currently sits in third on the rankings, and will be fighting it out with the likes of US Open champion Graeme McDowell, Steve Stricker and Nick Watney in Louisiana this week.

But whether this week or the next, Donald believes he will get many more opportunities to vie for the No. 1 ranking.

“It would be something great to talk to the grandkids in 30 years’ time and say that you were the best in the world, but I still have a lot of chances to do that,” said the 33-year-old.

His ranking points gained in 2011 evidence his recent improvement, earning significantly more than any other player (151.48 points, 33 points more than closest rival Martin Kaymer).

Donald is grouped with KJ Choi and Graeme Mcdowell for the opening two rounds in Louisiana, and all three golfers should be competitive come Thursday.

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