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Luke Donald is playing on a different level

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If Luke Donald has taught us anyting this week, it's that you don't need to be long to have success on a bomb and gouge course like Dove Mountain.

With Bubba Watson and JB Holmes tagging drives over 400 yards, Donald has played the role of the anti-bomber, smacking it our there out there around 280-300 yards with ease and using a scorching hot putter to lay waste to every player he's faced at the Accenture Match Play.

"There's more to the game than hitting it far," he said after his semifinal match.

That would be an understatement. After bouncing Ryan Moore, 5&4, in the quarterfinals, you almost expected his luck to run out against Matt Kuchar. Clearly that wasn't the case, as Donald stormed out of the gates against Kuchar, going 6-up after nine holes and winning going away, 6&5. It was the kind of clincial display we've come to expect from guys like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson over the years, but not a guy like Donald.

But after taking a look at his match play stats this week, maybe we should be taking notice of the Englishman. So far in his five matches, he's managed 27 birdies in 73 holes, including 13 birdies in the 27 holes he played on Saturday.

Not only that, he also set the record for the least amount of holes played by a golfer going into the final. These are the kind of stats that make you feel bad for whoever plays Donald in the 18-hole final.

There are times in a golfer's career where he knows he's in the zone. This would be one of those times for Donald. Who know if he shows up tomorrow and lays an egg in the final, but the way he's played up to this point, you'd be crazy to bet against him walking away with the match play title on Sunday.

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