Attaboy, Luke! — I didn’t think he’d just let Webb Simpson rob him of becoming the first player to win the Money Title on both the PGA Tour and European Tour. Luke “ATM” Donald has added next week’s fourth and final PGA Tour Fall Series event at Disney to his schedule in response to Simpson playing at this week’s McGladrey Classic, according to the AP.
Donald rolled in a clutch birdie on the 72nd hole of the Tour Championship to place solo third, which gave him $68,971 more in earnings than Webb Simpson on the Money List. Last week Simpson entered The McGladrey to try and to dethrone Donald.
There was some doubt whether Donald would play the Disney because his wife Diane is expecting their second child. I’m sure the baby can hold on a few extra days for daddy. (Daddy needs a new pair of golf shoes?)
Simpson shot seven-under 63 at Sea Island on Thursday to take a share of the first-round lead at The McGladrey.
“There’s no way I can go play this golf tournament without thinking about the money title,” said Simpson in his presser. “I’m thinking about it every day.”
Last week Simpson’s agent said Webb would make a decision later about playing the Disney. Well, as we know, Donald basically doesn’t finish outside the top three anymore, so I’m guessing Simpson will be there. And it adds more intrigue to the event (which I’ll be onsite covering).
Like I said earlier this week, it’s all about the benjamins, baby. I’ve got mine on Luke.
*Update, Friday 12:09pm: Luke tweeted…
**Update 2, Friday 1:05pm: CBSSports.com’s Steve Elling spoke with Donald’s agent.
Donald’s wife, Diane, is due to deliver the couple’s second child in two weeks and is staying home in Chicago. That was his biggest concern as far as extending his schedule and he will be in full alert mode in Orlando should something happen before the due date.
“Because of that, it wasn’t as easy a decision as people think, but with the money list and Player of the Year up for grabs, he wanted to give it his best shot,” Wagner said.
There’s still one loose end — With McLaren honeymooning and unavailable, Donald doesn’t have a caddie for next week.
“I honestly don’t the answer to that yet,” Wagner said. “He is sorting through it now and has a couple of people in mind. I mean, he’s just decided to go ahead and play.”