By: Golfweek |
February 29, 2020 2:20 pm
Luke Donald’s name isn’t that difficult to pronounce, right?
The first tee announcer at the Honda Classic certainly had trouble with it Saturday at PGA National.
As Donald prepared to tee off for his third round, the first tee announcer said, “The 2016 Honda Classic Champion, Luke McDonald.”
The error was met with groans and cries of surprise from the gallery and Donald. Donald appeared to look back at the announcer after his introduction and express frustration.
But butchering Donald’s name wasn’t the only error the announcer made. Donald also won the Honda Classic in 2006, not 2016. Adam Scott won the event that year.
Donald’s name should have been recognizable not because he’s a former tournament champion, but because he sat near the top of the leaderboard to begin the third round. Donald, J.T. Poston and Lee Westwood were T-2 at 4 under to begin Saturday, one shot behind leader Brendan Steele.
Donald and Westwood are paired together for the third round at PGA National.