Luke Donald pulls out of HSBC Champions

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The world number one, Luke Donald, has pulled out of the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, because of the imminent arrival of his second child, which is going to be a girl.

Donald, who is aiming to become the first player in history to top the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic, said: “It’s important for my wife and it’s important for me to make sure that I’m around to support her. It’s no coincidence that the birth of our first daughter inspired me to some really great golf. Family does put a lot of things into perspective. My job is very important but the family out-trumps everything.”

Donald, who is 33, recently won the PGA tour’s final event, the children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic; and leads the Race for Dubai by more than Euros 1.3 million from Rory McIlroy, with five events left.

His withdrawal from the HSBC is a disappointed to him, not least because he has good form in the tournament, having finished third there last year.