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Donald focuses on 2018 after chest pain scare

Luke Donald has confirmed he won’t play again until 2018 after undergoing seven hours of tests on his heart in hospital.

The 39-year-old was admitted to South East Georgia Brunswick hospital on Thursday after feeling chest pain, pulling out of this week’s PGA Tour event – the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia.

“Chest pain last night and this morning and it kept getting worse,” said Donald. “After seven hours of tests all looks good with my heart thankfully.”

The former world number one is currently ranked 123 in the standings, slipping from 81 in the world at the start of the year as his PGA Tour drought continues.

The Englishman has not won an event in the United States or on the European Tour since 2012.

He added: “Time to put my feet up for a few weeks, recharge, regroup and get ready for a big 2018.”

Donald had been due to partner with Brandt Snedeker and Sea Island resident Matt Kuchar for the first two rounds of the RSM Classic.

American Chris Kirk led the tournament by two shots after shooting a nine-under par 63 in his opening round.

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