Luke Donald will not defend his title at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic because of a scheduled medical procedure for one of his children. Donald will make a donation to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, a Children’s Miracle Network hospital, in lieu of his appearance.
Donald shot a final-round 64 to finish two shots ahead of Justin Leonard. The victory allowed Donald to win the PGA Tour money list. He also won that year’s European Tour order of merit, becoming the first player to win the money titles on both tours in the same year.
“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,” Donald said.