Luke Donald’s wrist injury has not recovered sufficiently for him to take part in next week’s PGA Championship at Oakland Hills. Initially, Donald expected to return to competitive action within a month, but he has now been sidelined for more than 6 weeks with the injury. His absence from the final major of the year means that he is unlikely to be chosen as one of Nick Faldo’s wildcard picks for the European team for September’s Ryder Cup at Valhalla, and with qualification for the event closing on August 31st, he seems unlikely to make the tournament in his own right.

Faldo appeared downbeat about Donald’s chances last week: “He would need a very quick recovery to get to the US PGA, but you can’t come back from a wrist injury too early because it will flare up again.To pick a man who is injured would be a major story.”

In Donald’s favour is that he has a superb Ryder Cup record, losing only once in seven matches, and he has won all four matches in which he has partnered Sergio Garcia.