Luke Donald won't be at Disney next month to defend his title at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. The reason? He has to take his own child to the hospital, according to PGATour.com.
“I’m very sorry that I will be unable to defend my title at this year’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic as that tournament was an important highlight for me in 2011,” Donald said Monday in a release. “My career as a golfer places many demands on my schedule, and I’m often forced to miss some precious time with my family as I travel to play around the world, but in this case, home is where I have to be. I wanted to be able to express my appreciation for everything that Children’s Miracle Network means to us and am happy to be able to support their work. I wish them a very successful tournament next month.”
In lieu of his appearance, Donald made a donation to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, a Children’s Miracle Network hospital.
Best of luck to Donald and his family. The season-ending tournament will be played from Nov. 8-11. We look forward to seeing Donald and his family on tour next year.