Luke Donald has refused to blame his poor round of two-over 74 in the Malaysian open in Kuala Lumpur on jet lag.
Donald, the world number three, flew in from Tampa, Florida on Tuesday and was insistent that he was not concerned by the massive 12 hour time difference. But on the course he was clearly struggling, finishing the round nine shots off the lead in a storm hit opening round.
Donald dropped three shots in his opening four holes, and he followed a birdie at the first with a double-bogey at the next before he birdied two of the last five to lift his hopes of making the cut.
“Today the game was quite tough for me,” Donald told European Tour Radio. “It’s one of those courses where if you are a little bit off it can get you.
“I did not play the hard holes very well and when I did have opportunities I couldn’t take them on the greens.
“It was one of those frustrating rounds where I got very little momentum. It was a nice birdie on the last, so hopefully I can use that as a little bit of a kickstart for tomorrow’s round.”
Donald admitted that the slow start affected much of his round, but he is still hopeful of bouncing back tomorrow.
“I got off to a slow start, three over after four, and was just hanging on after that. There’s a lot of trouble out there and I found too much of it.
“I gave it my all on every shot and there’s a low one out there. This course can produce some low scores and hopefully I can have mine tomorrow, that’s what I need to get back into the mix for this tournament.
“I slept pretty well the last two nights and felt pretty good, it was just a case of not being quite on today.”