HONG KONG (AP) - Top-ranked Luke Donald has withdrawn from the HSBC Champions next week in Shanghai to be with his wife for the birth of their second child.
Tournament organizers released a statement Saturday saying Donald had hoped the baby would arrive this week, but has now "reluctantly canceled his trip."
"It's important for my wife and it's important for me to make sure that I'm around to support her," the statement quoted the Englishman from his home in the United States as saying. "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 sealed the U.S. PGA's money title when he won the Disney Classic last week, is trying to become the first ever player to win the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic.
"Making history in the sport is very important to me, but the roles of husband and father are the most important in the world to me and being there for my wife and family is where I have to be," Donald said.
"My goal has been to try and top the money list on the PGA Tour and the European Tour and I still hope to accomplish that," he added. "WGC-HSBC Champions is a world-class event, and as a player you look forward to competing against the best. I think it is great for the game to have such an important event in Asia, and I look forward to being able to participate next year."