The last two or three holes of a major championship golf course are supposed to strike fear into the heart of every golfer in the field, but it's safe to say the final three holes at Atlanta Athletic Club are taking the fear factor to a whole new level.
Just ask Luke Donald, who was cruising along in his third round at 5-under (4-under for the tournament) when he stepped on the tee at the 16th, and promptly watched 15 holes of of hard work go down the drain.
Following a bogey on the 16th, Donald hit his drive on the 18th into the fairway bunker, and proceeded to knock his third into the water on the right side of the green. The double bogey took Donald from 4-under to 1-under in the span of just three holes, and proved once again that this year's PGA Championship will most definitely be decided on the final three holes at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Despite being at 1-under for the tournament, Donald is still very much in contention, sitting just a handful of shot back of the leaders. But if he's going to stay in mix, he's going to need to find a way to keep the damage to a minimum on the closing stretch on Sunday afternoon.
We continue to keep talking about Donald as a worthy major champion, but so far he's been unable to make good on the expectations. Who knows what the final round holds for the current No. 1, but at the moment he's within shouting distance, despite blowing a golden opportunity to play in one of the final groups.