Donald won't defend

Luke Donald
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Luke Donald will be unable to defend his title at the Children's Miracle Network Classic due to a schedule medical procedure for one of his children.
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Luke Donald won't be able to defend his Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic Championship in November at Disney due to a scheduled medical procedure for one of his children. In recognition of all that Children’s Miracle Network has contributed, both as a leading health care provider for children and as the tournament’s title sponsor, Donald has pledged a significant donation to Lurie Children’s Hospital in his home of Chicago, a Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

"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 “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."

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