Friday, 19 March 2010

Luke Donald insists he is fit and ready to compete in this week's World Golf Championships - CA Championship at Doral, despite his recent injury scare.

Donald, who missed the second half of last season following surgery on his left wrist in August, thought he had caused further damage when he felt weakness during his WGC-Accenture Match Play quarter-final with Ernie Els ten days ago in Arizona.

The Ryder Cup star immediately conceded the match with one hole to play and flew to New York where his surgeon, Dr Andrew Weiland, determined the discomfort and weakness was due to scar tissue irritation rather than the repaired tendon.

Donald skipped last week's Honda Classic but said: "I wouldn't play this week if I didn't think I was ready. In fact, the doctor and my physio think it's better to kind of work it through.

"I guess scar tissue, once it irritates, sits at a funny angle and the more you work it and get it back in it sits in a stronger position. So I feel good about competing this week and I wouldn't play here if I didn't think I had a chance to come here and compete and win."

Donald admitted he had feared the worst as he was forced to walk off against Els, much as he had done when he suffered the injury during last year's US Open at Torrey Pines.

"I was thinking 'What kind of office job can I do now?' but everything worked out fine, just some scar tissue irritation," Donald added.

Having had his US Open challenge cut short and then missing The Open, US PGA Championship and Ryder Cup, the 31 year old is now looking forward to gearing up for the Masters Tournament at Augusta National next month.

"That was another thing, 'Am I going to miss more Majors?'" Donald said, referring to his scare at the WGC-Accenture. "So I'm looking forward to getting back to Augusta. It's been a while since my last Major.”

Walking off at Torrey Pines, Donald said there had been no indication his wrist problems were to be the start of a long lay-off.

"I had no idea," he said. "I knew it didn't feel very good and actually, my original diagnosis was more tendonitis and three or so weeks after the fact I was expecting to come back and play.

"Then I got a second opinion and that was when I found out I had a pretty significant tear that needed to be operated on. Things cross your mind because you never know what's going to happen but I didn't think I'd be sitting out a whole year and not play."


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