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Donald: In confident mood after Firestone

Donald: In confident mood after Firestone

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Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood will head for the USPGA Championship in good heart.

The trio, who will head the European charge in Atlanta on Thursday, all finished well at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone on Sunday.

Donald had only three bogeys all week and birdied two of the last three for a closing 66, while US Open champion Rory McIlroy shot 67 for joint sixth place and Westwood a joint best-of-the-day 65 for ninth.

"It was a good week," said Donald, now further ahead of Westwood at the top of the world rankings.

"I take a lot of positives. It's probably one of the best ball-striking weeks I've had for a while.

Comfortable

"Disappointing I didn't make a couple more and give Scotty a good run, but I felt really comfortable off the tee and my iron play was good.

"I'm not going to worry too much about the putter. I've always felt like I'm a good putter and those things will come around.

"I've just got to keep being patient and keep giving myself opportunities - that's all I can do."

McIlroy, favourite in the betting for this week, said: "It's been a very productive week with four rounds in the 60s.

"It would have been nice to give myself a little more of a chance to win this week - I just didn't hole enough putts - but it's a good confidence-builder.

"I'm playing well. I'm really happy with the way I'm hitting it and driving it a lot better than I have done the last couple weeks. I'm ready for it."

Pretty good

Westwood commented: "It's been pretty good. I haven't hit many bad shots and today really started to get the hang of the greens.

"It's moving along nicely. I don't want to get too ahead of myself, but today I felt a lot more confident."

As for the much sterner test expected this week he added: "That's good. The way I'm hitting the ball, the harder the better."

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