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Donald ends injury exile with exciting return at the Home of Golf

October 03 2018

Luke Donald says he is “looking forward” to playing golf again at this week’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Former world number one Donald has endured a difficult season with a back injury forcing him to miss almost five months of competitive action. 

However, having worked hard on his recovery over the past five months he arrives at the Home of Golf fresh off the back of a successful Ryder Cup victory with Europe, having been one of Thomas Bjorn’s vice-captains for the event at Le Golf National.

Donald, who had a practice round on the Old Course yesterday (Tuesday), says he is eager to get back into competitive golf when the action kicks off tomorrow.

“I’ve been out for almost five months now,” said the seven-time European Tour winner. “It’s disappointing to have to be on the sidelines for so long but I’ve been making some good progress with my back and looking forward to testing it out this week. It’s not a bad venue to make my return to competitive play; it’s great to be able to dust the clubs off and get going again at St Andrews.”

Reflecting on his first taste of vice-captaincy at the Ryder Cup, Donald said he felt a good connection with the players, adding, “The camaraderie, the fun that they had during the week, the guys felt pretty loose all week and their games seemed solid during practice, so we were excited. The style of the course suited a lot of our guys.”

With the European team seemingly set with a number of options for Captaincy in the future Donald was keen to stress he felt his own ambitions lay much further down the road.

“My aspirations are certainly to be there in two years as a player. I’d love to contribute and be in the mix again like I have before.”

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship takes place from 4-7 October over the Old Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. With a prize fund of US$5 million, it incorporates two separate competitions – an individual tournament for the leading professionals and a team championship in which the professionals are paired with amateur golfers.
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