Top two happy to let Rory have limelight

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The world’s top two golfers, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, are quite content that all the media attention has been focused - and very brightly indeed - on Rory McIlroy.

This has enabled Donald, the No 1, and Westwood, the No 2, to slip under the radar in the build-up to The Open Championship and eased the pressure on them.

McIlroy has been besieged by the world’s media, spectators, well wishers and even fellow players and caddies and drew a large gallery even though his practice round at Royal St.George’s yesterday was at 6.30am.

Both Donald and Westwood say they are happy if the spotlight falls elsewhere. Westwood, while the talk is of him landing his first Major, knows that the extra pressure is on Donald and McIlroy.

Meanwhile, the wind has been blowing strongly at Sandwich and organisers are looking at moving some of the tees, particularly the seventh where many players failed to reach the fairway over 220 yards away.

Donald and Phil Mickelson both struggled to make the 243-yard par three 11th despite hitting drivers.

Sheffield’s Danny Willett was in the first group which got the Open under way this morning at 6.30am - leading to the possibility of a Sheffielder topping the Open Championship, even if it’s only in the early stages.