LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England — Even in his native land, the man ranked as the top golfer in the world can’t draw a crowd.
Not in the press tent Tuesday, where Luke Donald was greeted by rows of empty seats just an hour after Tiger Woods spoke before an overflowing crowd. And not on the golf course, where Donald played a practice round in which even his best shots into greens were rewarded with only a few smatterings of applause.
“It just seemed eerily quiet, not many claps and cheers when you hit good shots into the greens,” Donald said. “I don’t know if that was just me. I played with Lee (Westwood) and I played with Sergio (Garcia) today. And it’s not like I’m just not playing with anyone.”