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Donald eyes next week's Honda Classic after wrist diagnosis

BRITAIN'S Luke Donald plans to play in next week's Honda Classic, despite withdrawing from his WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship third round tie on Friday because of a sore wrist.

Donald had his left wrist diagnosed by a specialist in New York later on Friday and was told the problem related to scar tissue and not to the tendon he had surgically repaired last year.

"I'm obviously very pleased with Dr Andrew Weiland's diagnosis," Donald said in a statement yesterday, 24 hours after he had conceded his match against South African Ernie Els after 17 holes.

"While I was disappointed to have to withdraw from the Accenture Match Play Championship, I wanted to make sure I was doing what was best for my long-term health.

"I will consult with him over the coming days and certainly would love to be able to play in the Honda Classic next week, an event that means a great deal to me."

Donald, who clinched his second PGA Tour title at the 2006 Honda Classic, had surgery on his left wrist after last year's US Open.

He missed the second half of his 2008 campaign, including the final two majors of the season and the Ryder Cup.

Donald had been one-down to Els after 17 holes at Dove Mountain's Ritz-Carlton Golf Club before conceding their match on the 18th tee.

"I hit my tee shot on 17 and for the first time since coming back I felt a little twinge," the 31-year-old Englishman said. "Rather than risk it I wanted to play safe and concede the match."


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