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Wrist keeps Donald out of Classic

Luke Donald
Donald had surgery on his left wrist last year

Luke Donald has pulled out of next week's Honda Classic in Palm Beach, Florida to recover from a wrist injury.

The 31-year-old Englishman withdrew from his WGC-Accenture Match Play match against South Africa's Ernie Els at the weekend after straining the joint.

Although a specialist alleviated fears of a recurrence of the tendon problem he had repaired last year, Donald has opted to rest as a precaution.

He finished runner-up in the tournament last year, one shot behind Els.

Donald conceded his third-round match in Arizona at one-down on the 18th tee after feeling "a little twinge" in his wrist.

It was initially feared that he may be forced out for some time having missed the second half of the 2008 campaign after surgery on a tendon problem following the US Open.

However the damage is limited to scar tissue rather than the tendon itself, and Donald had been optimistic that he might attempt a repeat of his 2006 victory at the Florida course.

This year's Honda Classic begins on 5 March with defending champion Els joined in the field by Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Darren Clarke.

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